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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Celebrating the Completion of Hanson Blvd. Overpass Project

Local and state officials gathered this week on top of the new railroad overpass on Hanson Boulevard to mark the completion of the project which has been years in the making.It took two construction seasons to complete all of the work on what can be descr...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

New Traffic Signal for Busy Roadway in Riverdale

Another busy area of town is about to get some safety improvements.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved plans and specifications and ordered advertisement of bids for a new traffic signal in the Riverdale area.  The signal will be installe...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Families Consider Hybrid vs. Distance Learning

Families with school-age children are debating whether or not to send their students back to the classroom. The Anoka-Hennepin School District would like parents to share their intentions for fall by next week. The options before parents right now are to ...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Anoka-Hennepin Schools Opt for Hybrid Model for Fall

UPDATE AT 5 P.M. ON JULY 31: The Anoka-Hennepin School District announced late Friday afternoon that they will use a hybrid model for fall.  Students in grades K-12 will go to school two days a week and do distance learning three days a week. &am...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Splash Pad at Boulevard Plaza Reopens

Exciting news for families in the area.  The splash pad at Boulevard Plaza is now open.  But there are some changes due to the coronavirus.  Splash pad users must take turns and observe social distancing, staying within family g...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

'Home for Generations II' Program Helping Local Homeowners

Homeowners looking to take on a remodeling project have a leg up in Coon Rapids. The City offers a variety of incentives to help get the job done, including the Home for Generations II program.  

CTN’s Jennifer Anderson met with a partic...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

CRPD Welcomes 2 New Police Officers

Coon Rapids has two new police officers patrolling the streets of the city.  On Tuesday night, Officers Andrew Olson and John Ormston were given the oath of office by Mayor Jerry Koch.  The two were hired as trainees earlier this year an...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Bunker Beach Getting New Wave Pool, Other Improvements

If you’re a fan of waterparks, you’ve no doubt heard Bunker Beach is closed due to COVID-19. Now, the popular summertime destination is getting a major construction upgrade, courtesy of Anoka County.

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Local Woman Named 'ATV Safety Instructor of the Year'

A Coon Rapids woman has been named the 2019 ATV Safety Instructor of the Year.  The announcement was made by the DNR on Monday.  Janelle Secord has taught two classes per year for the past 12 years.  She’s also an acti...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Opens for Season

As we hit the middle of summer, fresh food is being harvested from gardens across the region.On Wednesday, the Coon Rapids Farmers Market opened for the season.  It’s located in the parking lot of the Coon Rapids Ice Center.  C...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Food Distribution at Coon Rapids Middle School

Distance learning this past spring brought the issue of hungry families to the forefront. Now during the summer school break, Coon Rapids Middle School continues to help its hungry families in need. Monthly food distributions from the school food shelf ha...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Reflections on George Floyd, Unrest, and History-in-the-Making

The Anoka County Historical Society spends much of their time reflecting on the past.  But now their eyes are turned to the present as part of a new online survey, History Gather. The latest survey is focused on the death of George Floyd and the ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

ARCC Planning Some In-Person Classes This Fall

Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the Anoka Technical College are both preparing for a partial return to campus this fall.At ARCC, just 20 percent of classes will be held on-campus for the fall semester with the rest being conducted online.  And...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Coon Rapids Veteran Receives New Roof

A Coon Rapids veteran has a new roof over his head thanks to some special volunteers.Scott Favilla, a U.S. Army veteran wounded in the Gulf War, received a new roof today as part of the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project.  Through a p...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

11-year-old's Experiment Destined for the Edge of Space

Imagine launching an experiment into space on a real NASA sounding rocket... or reaching the edge of space with a NASA high-altitude balloon.

Imagine conducting that experiment at just 11 years of age. 

That is Ruby Demmer’s current reali...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Anoka County Libraries Reopen to the Public

All Anoka County libraries, except for the Mississippi Library in Fridley, reopened to the public this week after being shut down for the past three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Anoka County is the first library system in the metro area to reopen w...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

More Development Coming to Gateway Commerce Center

More development is planned in the Gateway Commerce Center off Highway 10 and Hanson Boulevard.The Planning Commission recently approved a site plan for a 7,900 square foot multi-tenant commercial building on property just to the north of the Taco Bell. &...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Grant Funds Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Two new electric vehicle charging stations will put Coon Rapids on the map. This week, Coon Rapids installed charging stations in the parking lot of the Coon Rapids Ice Center and at the City Hall campus, outside the Civic Center.

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Construction Resumes at CRHS

The impressive new entrance completed at Coon Rapids High School last year was just the beginning. A second phase of construction is underway thanks to the Fit for the Future referendum voters approved in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in 2017. This r...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Students Design Logo for CRPD Drone

Police work in Coon Rapids is getting a lift thanks to the department’s latest tool. The city bought a unmanned aircraft system, or what’s more commonly known as a drone, to help with police work.“Anytime that the UAS is flyi...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

No Spectators Allowed at 3M Open

The 3M Open returns to Blaine next month but due to the pandemic fans won’t be allowed at the tournament.Tournament officials, who made the announcement on Monday, say the decision was made in accordance with current Minnesota guidelines which l...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Restaurants Reopen for Outdoor Dining

A welcome sight at restaurants across the state this week after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz loosened restrictions to allow for outdoor dining as of June 1. But some business owners are getting creative to stay competitive.On the outdoor patio at Chanticle...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

J.C. Penney Closing Coon Rapids Location

We learned late this week that a major retailer in Coon Rapids is closing its doors as it restructures after filing bankruptcy last month.On Thursday, J.C. Penney announced that it is shuttering 154 stores across the nation including four here in Minnesot...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

CRHS Seniors Honored with Signs on Northdale Blvd.

The Class of 2020 officially bids farewell to Coon Rapids High School this weekend.  And they are being recognized in a unique way due to the unusual circumstances of their senior year.For the last week, signs have lined Northdale Boulevard in fr...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Small Retail Businesses Begin Reopening

Many small retail businesses started reopening this week after being closed for nearly two months due to the coronavirus.CTN’s Steve Antus visited shops in downtown Anoka where owners are happy to be back in business.

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

ARCC Students Participate in Drive Thru Graduation Celebration

Covid-19 may have cancelled their in person graduation ceremony but students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College still received special recognition for their achievements.  On Friday, the college hosted a drive up recognition event for graduates. &...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Surprise Wedding Parade for Local Couple

A lot of plans are being altered by the coronavirus including wedding ceremonies.  But that didn’t stop a local couple from tying the knot at home this week.And they got a few surprise guests in the form of a wedding parade on Thursday ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Mercy Hospital Prepares for Restart of Elective Surgeries

Governor Tim Walz is allowing elective surgeries to resume in Minnesota next week.  The new order covers hospitals and surgery centers along with dental and veterinary clinics.Mercy Hospital officials say they are prepared for elective surgeries ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Demand Up at ACBC Food Shelf in Anoka

Local food shelves are seeing spikes in demand amid the pandemic but there’s also a bright spot: more donations.The ACBC Food Shelf has switched to a drive-up model of service.  Families pop the trunk and staff members load up their car...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Saturday Night Cruise on Coon Rapids Blvd.

For the past few weekends, Coon Rapids Boulevard has been filled with more traffic than usual.  Car enthusiasts have been taking part in a "Saturday Night Cruise."  CTN’s Steve Antus takes us there.

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Bunker Hills Golf Club Reopens

Golfers are excited to once again be hitting the greens.  Late last week, Governor Tim Walz lifted restrictions on golf courses in Minnesota, allowing them to reopen while keeping social distancing guidelines in mind.  And it didn&rs...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Distance Learning Ordered for Rest of School Year

It’s not the news students and parents wanted to hear but this week Governor Tim Walz confirmed students won’t be returning to the classroom this school year.  His announcement Thursday is an especially difficult one for this ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Construction Crews Busy on Hanson Boulevard

Construction crews have been busy in recent weeks working to make Hanson Boulevard safer and better for commuters.The $4.6 million project is happening north of Highway 10 between Northdale Boulevard and Main Street.  This week, grading crews hav...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Coronavirus Impact at City Hall

Coon Rapids City buildings closed to the public March 17, as the mayor declared a "local emergency" in response to the public health threat of coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 disease. Find the latest status of City buildings, programs and...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

First Townhome Under Construction in Port Riverwalk

Some exciting news to report regarding Port Riverwalk which has sat vacant for many years.Just weeks after the city closed on the property with Centra Homes, the first townhome has gone up and crews are already working on the second one.  Centra ...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

2020 Census Arriving in Local Mailboxes

In recent days, information about the 2020 Census has started arriving in mailboxes across the region.The Census is critical in determining our representation in Congress and the amount of federal funding our state and local governments receive.  ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Expect More Delays at Coon Rapids License Center

Expect more delays than usual if you visit the Coon Rapids License Center in the next two weeks.Due to construction, the license center is down to just four work stations.  Normally, seven stations are in use.  The center, which is the b...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Fire Department Looking for Paid On-Call Members

The fire department is hanging out the help wanted sign looking for people interested in becoming paid, on-call firefighters.There are currently 20 paid, on-call members on the department who assist the career firefighters on the scene of fires or by staf...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Community-led Mural Takes Shape

A huge art installation is in the works at Anoka-Ramsey Community College involving hundreds of students, alumni and community members.The finished product will be a 1,000 square foot mural on the Coon Rapids campus. The months-long project is funded by a...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Community Forum Addresses Mental Health

Teen suicide has touched many area communities recently including Coon Rapids.This week, District 11 held a mental health forum to inform the community on the resources that are available to those who need help.  CTN’s Steve Antus repor...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Local Cable Leaders Head to the Capitol

Cable television leaders took to the State Capitol on Thursday to talk about local programming and how it’s funded.

“We want to build an advocacy and an understanding of the work that we do,” said Mark Martinez, president of T...

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

City Honors Volunteers at Commission Appreciation Dinner

The city honored its volunteers at a Commission Appreciation Dinner on Thursday night.  The annual event recognizes the work the volunteers do on nine different advisory boards and commissions.  Those members provide input and recommenda...

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Low Turnout for Precinct Caucuses

Precinct Caucuses were held statewide on Tuesday and turnout was extremely low in Coon Rapids.Caucuses are run by Minnesota’s political parties. It’s a chance to select delegates that will represent their neighborhoods at the state con...

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Perfect Season for Adapted Floor Hockey CI Team

An exciting season for the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs Adapted Floor Hockey CI team.  The team closed out the regular season this past Monday with another win making them undefeated in all 11 games.They now go on to the state tournament as the number...

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

Push Continues for 3rd Lane on Highway 10

The push continues to add a third lane to Highway 10 in the western part of Coon Rapids.On Tuesday night, the City Council entered into a Joint Powers Agreement with Anoka County agreeing to fund half of the cost of the preliminary design for the project....

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Apartment Project Proposed Near Post Office

At a work session this week, the City Council learned more about a proposal that would bring another large apartment project to Coon Rapids.Minneapolis-based Schafer Richardson wants to construct a four-story, 193-unit building adjacent to the Post Office...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Former Lino Lakes Mayor Wins Seat on Anoka County Board

After sitting vacant for more than eight months, the District Six seat on the Anoka County Board was filled in a Special Election this week.On Tuesday, former Lino Lakes mayor Jeff Reinert received 1,203 votes, beating challenger Cindy Hansen who received...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

ARCC Students Staging 'Sweet Land, The Musical'

A sweeping musical hits the stage at Anoka-Ramsey Community College this weekend, and reminds us of who we are, and where we came from.Rural Minnesota provides the backdrop for the production of "Sweet Land, The Musical." The story takes place s...

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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Railroad Overpass Planned for Foley Blvd. in 2021

Dozens of people turned out Thursday night for an open house for planned improvements to Foley Boulevard between Coon Rapids Boulevard and East River Road. This is the second open house hosted by Anoka County.  The primary purpose of the project ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Door Hangers Educate Public About 2020 Census

We are now less than two months away from Census Day and communities across the nation are working to educate citizens about the importance of the once-a-decade population count.This week, several city workers canvassed local apartment and town home commu...

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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Comcast Opens New Retail Store in Coon Rapids

A new Xfinity Store recently opened in Coon Rapids. It’s part of an effort by Comcast to be more responsive to its customers.“What a great day, we’re glad to be here,” said J.D. Keller, regional senior vice presiden...

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Posted on: February 7, 2020

New Miss Coon Rapids Crowned

It’s the crowning moment of Snowflake Days, the annual pageant where a new Miss Coon Rapids is crowned.Last Saturday night, Lea Mau was crowned the new Miss Coon Rapids during a ceremony at Coon Rapids High School.  Mau is no stranger t...

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