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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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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Home Improvement Grants Available

After overwhelming interest from residents in 2019, the Coon Rapids Home Improvement Foundation will provide funds for Front Door grants again in 2020.

The Front Door Grant Program pays a portion of project costs to Coon Rapids property owners who will mak...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Coon Rapids Office Pool Wins Big Powerball Prize

A group of office workers in Coon Rapids who call themselves Team APG claimed a one million dollar lottery prize this week. The co-workers hit it big in last weekend’s Powerball drawing."It’s unbelievable," exclaimed Dustin U...

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Homeless Count Conducted in Anoka County

Giving voice to the voiceless.  This week, volunteers and non-profits across Anoka County took part in a nation-wide effort to count how many people are experiencing homelessness on a single day.

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

2 Honored for Saving Another Motorist's Life

Two men who helped save the life of another motorist were honored during this week’s City Council meeting.Todd St. Hilaire and his 17-year-old son, Gabriel, both received a Citizen’s Award of Merit on Tuesday night.  Back in S...

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

New Luxury Apartment Building Opening in March

If you’re looking for a new luxury apartment in Coon Rapids, look no further than Lyra at Riverdale Station.Pre-leasing started this month and they are now accepting applications for move-in dates as soon as March 1.  The 180 unit build...

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz Visits Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Governor Tim Walz rolled out the third phase of his public works plan this week, targeting higher education spending.He made a stop on Monday at Anoka-Ramsey Community College to unveil his plan to the public.“We’re here and proud to p...

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

New Member on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board

A new member joined the Anoka-Hennepin School Board this week.On Monday night, Erin Heers-McArdle was sworn in as the District One representative.  She beat out Tom Heidemann for the seat at the last election.  Incumbents Marci Anderson ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Homeless Count

The county is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming count of the homeless population.A training session will take place Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. at the Anoka County Government Center.  You can also complete the training online.  ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Fire Department Partners with American Red Cross

After the holidays, the supply of blood drops off for hospitals everywhere.  This week, the American Red Cross got a boost in their numbers in Coon Rapids.The Coon Rapids Fire Department sponsored a blood drive on Wednesday at the Coon Rapids Civ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Schulte Elected Chair of the Anoka County Board

The Anoka County Board is set and organized for the new year.On Tuesday morning, Scott Schulte was once again elected to serve as the chair of the Anoka County Board.  He took over the position last May after former board chair Rhonda Sivarajah b...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Boulevard Plaza Possible Site Expansion

The Coon Rapids City Council is considering a possible recreational facility at the site of Boulevard Plaza, located near 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.

The Coon Rapids Ice Center, located at 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd., opened in September 2011 as part of a long-t...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Heidemann Honored for 20 Years on Anoka-Hennepin School Board

Anoka-Hennepin School District officials, past and present, honored the leader of the School Board this week.On Monday evening, Tom Heidemann was presented with a special plaque and medal for his 20 years of service on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board. &am...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Holiday Show Returns to Bunker Hills Event Center

Maybe you heard about last year's great holiday musical "Snowed In: A Holiday Celebration of Song" which was performed at the Bunker Hills Event Center.  Well, if you missed it, you're in luck.This heart-warming musical has been beefed ...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Andover Landfill Cleanup Project Nearly Complete

Work to remove contaminated soil from a hazardous waste pit in Andover is wrapping up soon. The $22.3 million project has already resulted in the removal of rusting barrels that posed a serious risk to ground water.For close to 50 years, a small area of t...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

State Announces $1.3 Billion Budget Surplus

A big budget surplus will greet lawmakers when they return to the State Capitol for the 2020 session.  On Thursday, Minnesota Management and Budget announced a more than $1.3 billion surplus for the 2020-2021 biennium.  State officials c...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Community Mural Coming to ARCC

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will be more colorful next spring when the campus unveils a 1,000 square foot community mural.The college received an arts learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board back in August.  They recently completed ...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Groundbreaking for New Apartment

Developers broke ground on a new 168-unit apartment complex in the Port Evergreen area near 94th Avenue and Springbrook Drive Thursday, November 7, 2019. The complex, named Spring House Apartments, will be developed by St. Paul-based Real Estate Equities....

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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Crooked Lake Water Testing

Crooked Lake water testing

The City of Coon Rapids has begun testing for bacteria at Crooked Lake (13180 Crooked Lake Blvd.) as part of a new initiative to ensure water safety. The City began this new testing program Monday, July 29.

The new water testing is being conducted because:...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Honoring Anoka County Judge Tammi Fredrickson

Some sad news this week as we learned of the death of Anoka County judge Tammi Fredrickson, who previously served as Coon Rapids City Attorney.Fredrickson died at the age of 53 after a long battle with cancer.  CTN's Jennifer Anderson has more on...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Contracts Awarded for Andover Community Center Expansion

After months and months of discussion and debate, plans for a big expansion to the Andover YMCA Community Center are moving forward.This week, the Andover City Council awarded contracts for the project which is expected to break ground in July.  ...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Preparations Underway for Inaugural 3M Open in Blaine

Preparations are in full swing for the inaugural 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities the first week of July.It will be the first regular stop in Minnesota for the PGA Tour in five decades and large crowds are expected.  Tents and other facilities are ...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Paulson Inducted Into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

A big honor last weekend for 1996 Olympic silver medalist Brandon Paulson.  Paulson was inducted into the "National Wrestling Hall of Fame" during a special ceremony at Oklahoma State University.  Paulson was born in Coon Rapid...

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Schulte Named Chair of the Anoka County Board

There's a few changes on the Anoka County Board following the appointment of board chair Rhonda Sivarajah as county administrator.   She stepped down as board chair on Tuesday and begins her new duties on June 12th.Scott Schulte, who's been vice ...

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Mother Baby Center Opens 'Milk Depot' at Mercy Hospital

New mothers now have a local option for donating excess breast milk.  The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital is now an official milk depot.Mercy Hospital began accepting donated breast milk from mothers one month ago.  As a milk depot,...

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Community Ed. Department Offers Summer Programs for Kids

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Department is gearing up for a busy summer of programming for area youth.The programs are for students in preschool through eighth grade.  There's lots to choose from including sports and recreation, robotic...

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