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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Bikes4Kids Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On the Sannerud family farm, up in Ham Lake, it was a September pig roast and outdoor picnic, where volunteers, guests and dignitaries gathered to mark a milestone.Dave Bonthius of Anoka is a longtime Bikes4Kids volunteer and was the MC for the afternoon,...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

A Look Inside the Multicultural Advisory Committee

In an effort to improve community relations between the police and the public, Captain John Stahnke of the Coon Rapids Police Department has organized the City's first Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC). The atmosphere is one of respect for c...

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

CRHS Welcomes New Principal

The freshman at Coon Rapids High School aren't the only new faces in the building this fall. Cardinal Nation has a new leader: Principal John Peña."The beginning of the school year has been great, the staff here have been awesome....

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Reservoir Rehab Work Underway at East Water Treatment Plant

A large industrial vacuum sits outside the temporary entrance of the ground storage reservoir as crews work inside the emptied five and a half million gallon tank.  The rehabilitation of the steel structure is taking place at the East Water Treat...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

District 11 to Require Masks for K-6 Students

On a 4-1 vote Monday night, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board voted to require masks for students and teachers in grades K-6 this fall when the COVID case rate is above 15 per 10,000 people. Anoka County is currently at 17 cases per 10,000.

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Posted on: August 6, 2021

School Bus Companies Looking for New Drivers

The new school year is approaching and that has local school bus companies looking to hire new drivers."Everybody starts at $19 an hour,” said Kottkes’ Bus Recruiter, Nichol Flemister.To drive a school bus, a candidate needs to be...

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

City Replacing Water Meters in Residential Properties

The City of Coon Rapids is replacing water meters because the units are at the end of their warranty cycles and they have new technology.“We’re replacing just short of 3,000 meters this year,” said utilities superintendent Sh...

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

Hwy. 10 Third Lane Proposal Could Get Federal Boost

City, county and state officials gathered late Tuesday afternoon to show off what's become a bottle neck for traffic in the north metro. 

This stretch of Highway 10 carries 90,000 vehicles a day. The proposed solution to the congestion is...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

3 School Levy Questions on the Ballot this Fall

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board voted this week to go to voters this fall with three levy questions. The first two would renew levies that are set to expire. The third question would raise new money to address growing mental health concerns.Question one w...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Record-Breaking 'Fill the Boot' Drive for CRFD

Members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department collected a record amount of money in their annual 'Fill the Boot' drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Coon Rapids fire chief John Piper said Thursday that firefighters colle...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Fireworks Safety Tips

As we approach the holiday weekend, officials are urging caution with fireworks due to the dry conditions across Minnesota.Injuries are also a big problem each year. So we talked to Inspector Robert Erickson of the Coon Rapids Fire Department on how to sa...

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Posted on: June 18, 2021

Coon Rapids Advances Another Step in 'Green' Initiative

The City of Coon Rapids is moving on up when it comes to going green. The city recently became a Step 3 city in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. The program is voluntary and helps cities achieve their sustainability and quality of life goals.

Olivia...

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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Lions Coon Creek Park on Display at First Summer Meeting

Tuesday night, the city held an ice cream social, to the relief of many battling the heat, at one of the most popular parks in Coon Rapids.  Mayor Jerry Koch spoke to neighbors at the kickoff of the Summer in the City Neighborhood Meetings at Lio...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Renovation Project Complete at Bunker Beach

With the sound of ocean waves in the background, the Anoka County Board cut the ribbon on the new and improved wave pool along the rebirth of Bunker Beach Water Park on Tuesday."It will offer nine different wave options,” said Anoka County ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

ARCC Breaks Ground on Major Renovation Project

A big milestone this week at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for a project that's been more than a decade in the making.Work is officially underway on a major renovation project involving the college's business and nursing programs. Colle...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Summer Community Ed Classes for Kids

Youth programs are back for summer thanks to Anoka-Hennepin Community Education and the return to in-person learning from the easing of restrictions due to the pandemic."We are ready and excited to welcome people back to summer," said Kristin Ke...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Tickets Now On Sale for 3M Open

Tickets are now on sale for this summer's 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities which runs from July 19-25. Currently, the PGA TOUR still has reduced spectator capacity at tour events but that could ...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Bunker Beach Waterpark Set to Open June 5

Some new improvements will greet visitors when they return to Bunker Beach this summer."This has been a great project," said Mike Gamache, Anoka County Commissioner who has closely followed the renovations on the state’s largest outdoo...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Parking Lot Bingo Returns to Coon Rapids Soccer Complex

Parking lot bingo is back at the Coon Rapids Soccer Complex."Be sure you have a bingo card, and we're very, very happy you joined us," said Kris Niebler, the senior services program specialist for the city of Coon Rapids, as she welcome...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Coon Rapids Woman Expands Life Coin Program

Coon Rapids resident Carol Castle is a mom on a quest. She's spent the past two years of her life trying to get a life-saving coin in the hands of every first responder in the country."This idea came in the middle of the night at 2:30 a.m. i...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Food Grade Styrofoam Recycling Here to Stay

A trial program involving food grade Styrofoam has become permanent at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center."If you were to run just food grade material, you would just get crumbs," said Colleen Sinclair, the Coon Rapids Recycling Coordinator, who w...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

New Rent Assistance Program Launches in MN

A new program has launched to help Minnesotans who are struggling to pay their rent and utility bills due to the pandemic.RentHelpMN will funnel hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency federal aid to those who need it the most."It's bas...

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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Fire Hydrant Flushing Underway in City

The Coon Rapids utilities department began their springtime flushing of fire hydrants in the city this week.If crews are working in your neighborhood, you may experience some water discoloration, but this does not affect the safety of the water. It&rs...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up this weekend. Stop by the Coon Rapids Police Department on Saturday, April 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to dispose of unused or expired medication.

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

New Mercy Piper Breast Center Opens its Doors

Allina Health just opened a comprehensive breast center in the Mercy Hospital Specialty Center.  The new Mercy Piper Breast Center is the first of its kind in the north metro.

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Community Rallies Around 'Superfan' After Heart Attack

The man dubbed the 'Anoka Superfan' is recovering after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. Jeff Nelson suffered a heart attack on March 12 that required minor surgery and a hospital stay.Boosters say Nelson has tirelessly suppo...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Drive By Food Drive Outside Coon Rapids City Hall

The Coon Rapids Police Department and Coon Rapids Senior Center sponsored a Drive-By Food Drive at Coon Rapids City Hall on Monday.The response from the community was overwhelming.  

The food drive coincides with Minnesota's March FoodSha...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Caribou Coffee Cabin Opens for Business

The new Caribou Coffee Cabin on Coon Rapids Boulevard is officially open for business.The business, located on the southwest corner of Egret and Coon Rapids Boulevard, held a soft opening on March 23.  A ribbon cutting took place March 26.

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Property Tax Statements Arriving Soon

Property tax statements will soon begin arriving in mailboxes across the area. Anoka County says they will be mailed out starting the week of March 29.Property taxes are used by local government entities to pay for things like roads and infrastructure to ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

License Center Closed Due to Staffing Shortage

The Anoka County License Center and Passport Center in Coon Rapids is closed until further notice due to staffing shortages related to COVID-19.Staff are contacting people who had appointments scheduled between March 29 and April 2 to see about moving the...
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