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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

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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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.  

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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 19, 2021

City Council Approves Port Riverwalk 3rd Addition

Plans are underway for another phase of development in Port Riverwalk.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved the final plat for the third addition of Port Riverwalk. The third addition, which will include 15 lots, is the center portion of the site be...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Caribou Cabin Set to Open on Coon Rapids Blvd.

The new Caribou Cabin is gearing up to open.  Company officials say the business, which is located at the southwest corner of Egret and Coon Rapids Boulevard, will open March 23 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting on March 26.Caribou opened i...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Riverdale Stations Apts. Planning Big Expansion

Another big housing development in the city has plans to get even bigger.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a term sheet which outlines the basic business terms for phase two of development at the Riverdale Station Apartments. Sherman Associates ...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Coon Rapids Getting $7M from Federal Stimulus Bill

President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law Thursday afternoon.In addition to $1,400 stimulus checks for most Americans and extended unemployment benefits, $350 billion is being sent to state and local governments. Coon Rapids will r...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Planning Underway for 4th of July Celebration

Organizers met this week to discuss plans for this year's 4th of July Celebration.Last year's celebration had to be canceled due to the pandemic. We are told there will likely be an event this year but it's not yet clear how ma...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Famous Dave's Returning to Coon Rapids, New Traffic Light Nearby

City officials hope a new traffic signal will make it safer for motorists traveling in the Riverdale area.  The light, which became operational this week, is located on Northdale Boulevard just north of Main Street at the McDonalds and Menards ex...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Resurfacing Project Planned on Robinson Dr., Crooked Lake Blvd.

With spring right around the corner, it won't be long until road construction season ramps up.This week, the City Council awarded a contract for two resurfacing projects. Robinson Drive will be resurfaced between 111th Avenue and Egret Boulevard....

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Bunker Beach Hiring Summer Workers

If you're looking for a summer job this year, Bunker Beach has plenty of openings.The water park was closed last summer due to the pandemic but plans to open its doors again in June. Bunker Beach is looking for life guards along with concession,...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Local Teacher's Connection to NASA's 'Mission to Mars'

Last week, NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars after a seven month journey.  The successful landing was watched around the world, and by local residents, in fact, one with ties to the mission.“Touchdown confirmed. Perseverance is safel...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Mass Transit Ridership Plummets

Mass transit ridership plummeted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, the Metropolitan Council reported that ridership fell by as much as 60 percent on local bus routes, 70 percent on light rail and 95 percent on express bus routes...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

3M Open Planning for Spectators This Summer

The 3M Open returns to Blaine this summer and it appears golf fans could get a front row seat to all the action.  Organizers of the PGA Tour event plan to ask state officials to allow up to 10-thousand people per day to attend the tournament at t...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Site Plan Approved for New Car Wash

The old BP gas station site off Hanson Boulevard could soon get new life.On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for a 4,000 square foot car wash and a 3,900 square foot multi-tenant commercial building.WashU Car Wash out of Chicag...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Snow Sculpture Contest Winners Announced

The Coon Rapids Arts Commission has announced the winners of the Snow Sculpture contest.  The first place award and $200 prize goes to the Reller family. They created a tank outside their home at 12710 Hummingbird Street.The second place award an...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Statewide Crackdown on Speeding Drivers

Law enforcement agencies across the state are putting their foot down on a problem that has increased on Minnesota roads since the start of the pandemic.We're talking about a sharp rise in the number of speeding drivers. Preliminary reports show ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Snowflake Days Medallion Found at Boulevard Plaza

The most prized possession of Snowflake Days has been found.  Adam and Jessica Kurschner located the medallion in the park at Boulevard Plaza after the 12th clue was posted Wednesday morning. They will receive a $1,000 prize this weekend. The t...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Local Seniors Get Curbside Meal Service

Despite below zero temperatures on Thursday, a team of volunteers from the Coon Rapids Rotary Club braved the cold to help deliver an early Valentine's Day meal to senior citizens.Between 11 a.m. and noon, cars lined-up in for curbside service in...

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Cold Weather Cancels 2nd Parade for Snowflake Days

The coldest air of the season, so far, is descending on Minnesota this weekend.  In fact, the big chill forced Snowflake Days organizers to cancel one of two parades this week.While Thursday night's parade was canceled, Tuesday night&...

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Big Turnout for Disc Golf Tournament

More than 150 people signed up to play disc golf last weekend at Wintercrest Park.  This was the first year for the tournament as part of Snowflake Days."The Snowflake Days event is a fun event," said Jason Wilder, tournament director f...

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

SLP Hy-Vee Planning Spring Opening

After a longer than expected wait, the first Hy-Vee store in Anoka County is set to open its doors this spring.It is located along Highway 65 near 81st Avenue in Spring Lake Park. Plans for the development actually got underway more than three years ago a...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

JCPenney Building Getting 5 Tenants

The old JCPenney building in Riverdale will soon be getting some new life.On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved a site plan to convert the vacant storefront into five different tenant spaces. The exterior of the building would also be update...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Elementary Students Transition Back to the Classroom Full-Time

Some elementary school students are back in the classroom full-time, for the first time since the start of the pandemic.  Kindergarten, first and second grade students returned on Tuesday.“Having them back is like bringing back the life...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Gifted and Talented Program Comes to Eisenhower Elementary

A new "School Within a School" program, or Gifted and Talented program, started last fall in District 11.

The program is based at Eisenhower Elementary with students coming from as far as Ham Lake, Anoka and Blaine who've qualified for t...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Some Elementary Students Returning to Classroom

For the first time in 10 months, some elementary students will be returning to the classroom full-time starting next week.Elementary students started the school year in the hybrid model which meant two days of in-person learning each week. That changed in...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

State Launches COVID Vaccine Dashboard

The state has launched a new dashboard that keeps track of the vaccine rollout here in Minnesota.The dashboard, which is updated daily, shows the number of doses promised by the CDC, doses shipped to Minnesota providers and the percentage of doses used. ...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Local Author Gets First Book Published

We have an update now to a story that aired on CTN Journal a little over a year ago.  It involves a local woman trying to get her first book published.Jennifer DeVries tried to get her novel, Charlie's Mirror, crowd funded. When that did...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Restaurants, Bars and Indoor Entertainment Venues Reopening

The New Year is ushering in changes related to COVID restrictions here in Minnesota.On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz announced the easing of some restrictions. Starting January 11, bars and restaurants are allowed to resume indoor dining at 50 percent capa...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

2 New Members on Coon Rapids City Council

The New Year brings change to the Coon Rapids City Council.On Monday night, Pat Carlson took the oath of office for the At-Large City Council seat. But he's not the only new face. Kari Rehrauer was sworn in to represent the citizens of Ward Two.T...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Fogerty Arena Makes Plea for Help

A regional destination in the north metro is putting out a call for help saying the pandemic could force it to close its doors.Fogerty Arena in Blaine was constructed back in the early 1980s. The nonprofit facility is home to Blaine and Spring Lake Park Y...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Some COVID Restrictions Continue into 2021

Governor Tim Walz announced this week that restrictions on some businesses in Minnesota will continue into the New Year.Restaurants, bars and breweries will remain closed for indoor service until January 11. However, outdoor service is being allowed at 50...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Final Meeting for 2 City Council Members

The make-up of the Coon Rapids City Council will be changing in the New Year.On Tuesday night, council members Bill Kiecker and Steve Wells participated in their final City Council meeting. Wells, who didn't seek re-election, has served on the co...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

VFW Donates $15,500 to Coon Rapids Fire Department

The Coon Rapids Fire Department received a big donation this week.  On Tuesday night, the Coon Rapids VFW presented a check for $15,500 to the city. The money will be used to purchase two special dryers which will help decrease wear and tear on t...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Site at Nat'l Sports Center

A COVID-19 testing site popped up in the parking lot of the National Sports Center this week.This self-administered swab test is the same one which has been available at clinics for months now. Anyone who needed a test could get one, even without insuranc...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

'Pizza For Heroes' at Mercy Hospital

A kind gesture is growing thanks to a local business and citizens who want to help our frontline workers.  For nearly two weeks now, Cheap Skate has been baking and delivering free pizzas to workers at Mercy Hospital thanks to generous donations ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Seniors Participate in Drive-Thru Holiday Dinner

COVID-19 didn't stop an annual holiday tradition from continuing this year.On Thursday, the Coon Rapids VFW hosted their holiday dinner with a 2020-style, drive-thru event. The hot meal included roast turkey along with mashed potatoes and gravy w...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

City Council Approves 2021 Budget, Tax Levy

The City Council adopted the 2021 city budget and tax levy this week.Next year's tax levy was set at around $29.66 million which is a less than one percent increase over this year's tax levy.The 2021 budget includes three new full-time p...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

New Lighting Technology on New Fire Truck

The Coon Rapids Fire Department recently took delivery of a new fire truck to replace its Fire Engine #1.  The new truck comes with some recent advancements in emergency lights technology for improved safety.“This will be a great piece ...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Coming to National Sports Center

The National Sports Center campus will be hosting a pop-up COVID testing event next week.  The drive-thru testing will take place in the Victory Links Golf Course parking lot December 7-11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 12 from 8 a...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Skaters Take to the Ice Before Statewide "Pause"

The high level of spread of COVID-19 cases across Minnesota in recent weeks has state health officials concerned. In a prime-time address on November 20, Governor Tim Walz announced new restrictions to help slow the spread, which includes a four-week paus...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Hope 4 Youth Launches 'Out of the Cold' Campaign

A local non-profit which helps homeless youth kicked-off their end-of-the-year fundraising campaign this week.This year's "Out of the Cold" kick-off event took place Thursday evening outside the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. I...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

November is DECA Month, Students Looking to Increase Interest

Despite the pandemic, some high school students are still taking part in after-school activities, virtually. DECA leads the way for Coon Rapids students, who are interested in business and marketing.“Today is our November 18, Wednesday DECA meet...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Anoka-Hennepin Announces Full Distance Learning

The Anoka-Hennepin School District announced Friday that elementary students will move to full distance learning on Monday, November 30. Classes are also canceled for the two days leading up to Thanksgiving break, November 23 & 24, to give teachers so...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

New COVID Testing Sites Announced

The Minnesota Department of Health is expanding access to free, no barrier COVID-19 testing.  The Anoka Armory is one of 11 new testing sites opening next week across the state. The sites will replace "pop-up" style community testing ev...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

ARCC Students Holding Virtual Fall Play

Students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College are gearing up for their fall production but it will look a lot different this year.  The pre-recorded performance of "The Living" will be available online starting November 20 for a limited-ti...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Theater Students Plan Virtual Production of "Almost, Maine"

The show must go on at Coon Rapids High School. Although the school has moved to full-time distance learning as the number of COVID-19 cases in the county rises, the theater department is determined to put on a live production. The cast and crew will put ...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

License Centers Closing for System Upgrade

The Anoka County License Center in Coon Rapids will be closing for several days to allow for installation of a new system for motor vehicle transactions.In fact, all license center locations in Anoka County will be closed from November 11-15 to complete a...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Wienermobile Makes Stop in Coon Rapids

Here's something you don't see everyday on the streets of Coon Rapids.The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a stop in Coon Rapids last Sunday. Michele Berg sent us this video and some photos of the visit.Her friend is a hotdogger, one of 16 ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Extra-Curricular Activities Approved for Now

As middle and high school students move to full-time distance learning, extra-curricular activities will continue.Dozens of students, parents and other supporters gathered outside Monday night's School Board meeting. They spoke, held signs and ch...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

CRHS Gets New Ventilation System

District 11 is moving fast to add some new technology in the battle against COVID-19. This week, Coon Rapids High School got an upgrade to its ventilation system, which is thanks to funding from the federal CARES Act.The Anoka-Hennepin School District is ...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Record Absentee Voting in Anoka County

Inside Anoka County Government Center this week, election work is underway. Wednesday was the first day absentee ballots could be opened and prepared for counting. Anoka County has already received more than 65,000 absentee ballots. With more than a week ...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Winter Storm Brings Out Snowplows in October

An early taste of winter weather is breaking records across the state this week.Tuesday's storm dumped about a half foot of snow on the north metro and up to nine inches in the south metro. That's the heaviest snow the Twin Cities has ev...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

CRPD Welcomes 3 New Police Officers

A first at this week's City Council Meeting.  On Tuesday night, three new police officers were sworn in at the same time.  Austin Albers, Stephanie Schwieger, and Willem Aldrich have graduated from the police department&apos...

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