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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 14, 2020

Presidential Nomination Primary

Minnesota will hold a Presidential Nomination Primary in March to vote for each major party’s nominee for president.

The Primary is March 3, 2020

  • Polling Place hours: 7 a.m to 8 p.m.
  • Find your polling place. Visit www.sos.state.mn.us or see a Coon ...
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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 22, 2019

Japanese Film Crew Spotlights CRPD

It's pretty unusual to hear Japanese in the halls of the Coon Rapids Police Department, but this week a team of journalists and filmmakers from the other side of the globe brought their cameras to the city.

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Hundreds of Coats Donated to Kids in Need

Coon Rapids and Minneapolis firefighters teamed up on November19th to make sure kids at the Head Start facility have a warm winter coat.“Operation Warm” has provided coats to more than two million children in the U.S. but this was the ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Send-off Party for Miss Minnesota

Miss Minnesota received a hero's send off from the Coon Rapids Fire Department last weekend.Kathryn Kueppers was crowned Miss Coon Rapids in January, and then became Miss Minnesota in June. She now heads to the Miss America pageant in December.A large cro...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

ACBC Food Shelf Seeking Donations Following Unexpected Expense

The heat is back on late this week at the ACBC Food Shelf in Anoka.A recent maintenance inspection discovered a problem with two of the five heating units which left the store and sorting room in the cold the last few weeks.  Repairs were made to...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Special Veterans Day Ceremony at CRHS

Coon Rapids High School students and staff held a special celebration on November 11, recognizing local military veterans and their families. It had been several years since the school had held a Veterans Day event but Assistant Principal Curt Wallrath sa...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Senior Bazaar Raises Money for Local Charities

A big turnout Thursday for the annual Bazaar put on by the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club.  There was plenty to choose from including items in the Flea Market and Christmas Market.  Many items were donated by crafters, quilters and wood c...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

Weather Delays Reopening of Hanson Blvd.

The finish line keeps getting pushed back for construction along Hanson Boulevard. The reopening of the road at the railroad tracks, which has been closed since March, is delayed once again. Wet weather followed by colder than expected temperatures create...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

School Board Chair Loses Reelection Bid

One of the three incumbents running in Tuesday's General Election was ousted from the Anoka-Hennepin School Board.In the District One race, Erin Heers-McArdle came out on top beating school board chair Tom Heidemann by more than 220 votes.  Heide...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Local Church Offers Free Burial Service for Cremated Remains

For the second year, the Church of the Epiphany has provided a final resting place for cremated remains in one of its cemeteries for free. After a November 5th funeral service in Coon Rapids seven names will be added to a marker stone near 37 names added ...

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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: October 25, 2019

Mercy Offering 3D Mammograms

New technology could soon save lives at the Mercy Hospital campus.  Starting October 31, the Mercy Women's Health Clinic will be offering 3D mammograms.  Installation of the new advanced device is part of an Allina Health system-wide eff...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Fire Hydrant Covers

Worker places a red plastic bag over a fire hydrant

Starting this week, public works crews will begin covering fire hydrants throughout the city with red plastic bags. Approximately 200 hydrants along county roads, plus a few high-traffic city roads, will get covers. The plastic bags protect the hydrants d...

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Students Staging Fall Production at ARCC

Close to 20 Anoka-Ramsey Community College students are working to bring “The Way of the World” to the campus’s Performing Arts Center in November.Theater Instructor Lisa Weaver says the 300-year-old romantic comedy offers ma...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

City Employee Earns Award for Diversity Group Work

A City of Coon Rapids employee has been recognized for her work in the community off the clock.Last week, Lori Anderson was given the "Friend of the League" award from the ABC Chapter of the League of Women Voters.  The award was given ...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

500 Pumpkins Given Away at Inaugural Event

The Inaugural Rocky’s Pumpkin Patch event at Sand Creek Park on October 19 connected children with organizations that serve youth in Coon Rapids.Athletic organizations, the Boys & Girls Club and other groups offered games, candy and informat...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Anoka County License Center in Coon Rapids Expanding

After years of overcrowding, the Coon Rapids License Center is set to double in size by early next year.  CTN’s Dan Carpenter tells us what it means for those looking to renew a passport or driver’s license.

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Hanson Blvd. Reopening Delayed Once Again

The reopening of Hanson Boulevard at the railroad tracks has been pushed back once again.  The roadway is not scheduled to reopen until November 27 which is the day before Thanksgiving.  Last week's weather delayed work on the railroad b...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

CRHS Bringing Back Veterans Day Program

After about a 10 year hiatus, Coon Rapids High School is bringing back its Veterans program.  Students will gather for an assembly on Veterans Day to honor those who've served our country and also the families that are impacted.  The Vet...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

New Main Entrance Opens at Coon Rapids High School

After months and months of construction, work is nearly complete on the first phase of renovations at Coon Rapids High School.On Thursday morning, the new front entrance opened to students.  The new entrance has been under construction for more t...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

CRHS Students Take Part in Respect Retreat

Thanks to a generous partnership between the Coon Rapids Rotary Club and the High School, students are paying closer attention to how they respect themselves and their classmates.  CTN's Jennifer Anderson was there as students participated in a d...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Students Get Lesson from Coon Rapids Firefighters

Hundreds of Coon Rapids elementary school students were visited by the Coon Rapids Fire Department and Sparky the Fire Dog between October 7th and 11th.Every year, the fire department works to share important fire safety messages during Fire Prevention we...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

David Law Named 'Superintendent of the Year'

A big honor this week for Anoka-Hennepin Schools superintendent David Law.  On Monday, Law was named "Superintendent of the Year" by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators during the organization's annual fall conference. It...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Chili Fundraiser Helps Local Food Shelf

The Coon Rapids Lions Club held a chili fundraiser for the ACBC Food Shelf last weekend.The event at Alloy Brewing filled nearly every seat as local lions served red and white chili along with hot dogs.  A total of 126 pounds of canned and dry go...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Hanson Reopening Delayed, More Construction Planned

The end is in sight for drivers who are waiting for Hanson Boulevard to reopen, but more construction is on deck.  This week, the City Council approved a joint powers agreement with Anoka County for the next round of road construction along the b...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Rescuers Who Saved Little Boy Honored

A day of fun at Bunker Beach this summer took a scary turn for a little boy and his family but this story has a happy ending thanks to the lifeguards and a park patron.On Tuesday night, six people received a "Citizen's Award of Merit" for jumpin...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Longtime Communications Chief Retires from National Sports Center

After more than 28 years with the National Sports Center in Blaine, Chief Communications Officer Barclay Kruse has retired. Friends and colleges gathered on October 3rd for a retirement party at the Victory Links Golf Course.Kruse said his job was rewardi...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Anoka Co. Board Adopts 2020 Preliminary Tax Levy

Anoka County is planning to hire more than a half dozen more 911 operators next year to help deal with an increasing number of calls.On Tuesday, the Anoka County Board adopted the preliminary property tax levy for 2020.  The levy will increase ne...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

A Little Rain Doesn't Stop Coon Rapids 'Love My Pet Fair'

Riverview Park was the place to be for pet lovers and their furry pawed friends last Saturday.For the fourth straight year, the Coon Rapids "Love My Pet Fair" brought together pet friendly products, services education and fun competitions. &...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

CTN Wins 10 National Awards in Tampa, FL

A record haul for CTN at a national video awards ceremony this week in Tampa, Florida.Station manager Eric Strouse accepted 10 awards on behalf of the station at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors annual conference. &...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Watershed Walk Highlights Creek Improvements

More than 4,200 feet of eroding stream bank in Coon Rapids just got a major makeover.  Residents had the chance to take a walking tour of the Sand Creek rehabilitation area to see a variety of improvements designed to reduce erosion and enhance t...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Barry ZeVan 'The Weatherman' Visits Seniors in Coon Rapids

A well-known weatherman who once graced television sets in the Twin Cities made a stop in Coon Rapids this week.Many people fondly remember, Barry ZeVan, the weatherman, who was the guest speaker at the 20th annual Senior Safety Camp on Wednesday. &nb...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Coon Rapids Remembers Victims of 9/11 Attacks

On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, communities across the country pause to mourn the nearly three thousand people killed that day.In Coon Rapids, the American flag flew high over the main street bridge for the 11th year. It&...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

LWV Hosts Forum on 2020 Census

Preparations are underway for the upcoming 2020 Census which is critical in determining our representation in Congress and the amount of federal funding our state and local governments receive.On Monday evening, the local chapter of the League of Women Vo...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Open House Set for Hwy. 10 Corridor Improvements

An open house will take place next week for residents to learn more about several planned transportation projects along the Highway 10 Corridor in Anoka.  The event is Wednesday, September 18 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Green Haven Golf Course.  ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Local Projects Vie for State Funding on Bonding Tour

With the second-largest nursing program in the state, Anoka-Ramsey Community College put their flagship offering on display. Members of the House Capital Investment Committee streamed into Anoka-Ramsey on Wednesday to see the nursing and business programs...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

City Requests State Funding for Pedestrian Bridge

Members of the House Capital Investment Committee stopped in Coon Rapids on Wednesday during a three day tour of Minnesota. State representatives heard presentations about potential projects to add to next year's bonding bill, including a proposed pedestr...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

One-Handed Basketball Player Speaks at Pep Fest

Kevin Atlas was born with only one hand, but made headlines for playing Division One basketball and going pro in Asia.  Now he travels around the world as a motivational speaker representing Varsity Brands. Atlas helped students at Coon Rapids Hi...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Lyric Arts Theater Opens New Season with 'Bright Star'

For the first time, the Broadway musical “Bright Star” is being performed by a professional cast in Minnesota. They’re taking center stage at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, a theater with more than two decades of history in An...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Portion of Foley Blvd. Closing Following Labor Day

Work on the Sand Creek culvert system will force the closer of a portion of Foley Boulevard after Labor Day.Starting September 3, Foley Boulevard will be closed between Northdale Boulevard and 121st Avenue.  The Sand Creek culvert system is being...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Coon Rapids Middle School Adds 450 Students

Preparing for a new school year always offers a fresh start. That is especially true this fall in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Dozens of construction projects are wrapping up, as teachers and staff get ready to welcome students back.  

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Singer Kat Perkins Stars in Back to School Video

The school district got a little star power for this year's Back to School video.  Singer and songwriter Kat Perkins, who reached the semi-finals of NBC's "The Voice" back in 2014, belted out a few notes as students and staff performed....

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Public Invited to Info. Session on 2020 Census

Preparations are underway for the 2020 Census which is critical in determining our representation in Congress and the amount of federal funding our state and local governments receive.The local chapter of the League of Women Voters is hosting an informati...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Progress Report on Hanson Construction

It's been almost six months since Hanson Boulevard closed for construction.  The shutdown has been a pain at times for the 13,000 drivers who normally use Hanson Boulevard to cross the railroad tracks between Northdale Boulevard and Coon Rapids B...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Sports Dome Planned at National Sports Center

The National Sports Center in Blaine is building a heated dome to meet demand for indoor sports fields. Construction of the nearly $5 million project begins soon and will be financed entirely by NSC.  The indoor space will be larger than a soccer...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Hockey Camp with Ties to MN Wild Returns to Coon Rapids

Seventy students signed up for the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau founded the school. The five-day camp teaches boys and girls between the ages of six and fourteen new skills with fou...

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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.

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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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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Hundreds Attend Public Works Open House

The city of Coon Rapids kicked off National Public Works week with an open house Saturday, May 18. The annual event at the Department of Public Works is an opportunity to educate both adults and children about a wide range of city services.“I look at it a...

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

6 Coon Rapids Homes Showcased on Home Remodeling Tour

Six Coon Rapids homes opened to the public this past weekend for the annual Home Remodeling Tour.  CTN's Jennifer Anderson visited a few to find out what inspired the homeowners and their projects.

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

MN United Continue Training at National Sports Center

Despite a new stadium, the Minnesota United will continue training at the National Sports Center for years to come.  Both entities made the announcement on Thursday.  The Minnesota United have a world-class locker room and training facil...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Sivarajah Named Next Anoka County Administrator

Anoka County Board chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah will become the next county administrator.  On a 4-2 vote at the Anoka County Board meeting Tuesday morning, Sivarajah was appointed to the position effective May 31.  She was one of three f...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Fallen Officers Honored During Police Week Service

Communities across the country paused to remember all law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during National Peace Officers Week. At the Anoka County Government center on May 15, fallen Anoka County officers were honored for the 23rd year.&...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Jell-O Cookoff Showcases Colorful Creations

Naked Jell-O thumb wrestling at fire station three in Blaine last Saturday kicked off the first ever Anoka County Historical Society Jell-O Cookoff.The fundraiser also tested Jell-O tossing skills and trivia.  A Jell-O historian from North Dakota...

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Posted on: May 10, 2019

Cleanup of Hazardous Waste to Begin at Andover Landfill

After 47 years in the ground, hazardous waste in an Andover landfill will be removed this summer. Final funding for the $22 million dollar project was secured last month.The Waste Disposal Engineering Landfill just south of Andover Boulevard and west of H...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Construction Work Ramps Up on Hanson Blvd.

Construction work is ramping up on a project that will put a bridge over the railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard.On Thursday afternoon, we found crews working on the underground utilities along Hanson Boulevard.  They are removing the existing wa...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Firestoppers Installed in Coon Rapids Apartment Buildings

The Coon Rapids Fire  Department took steps this week to prevent kitchen fires in some local apartment buildings without sprinklers.Fire inspector Robert Erickson installed the stovetop firestoppers in all 192 kitchens at Heritage Heights Apartme...

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Passing Train Sparks Several Grass Fires

A spark from a passing train is believed to have ignited several grass fires in the area Tuesday afternoon.The flames were first reported around 3:20 p.m. near 85th Avenue and the railroad tracks.  Moments later another fire was reported in the a...

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

High School Graduation Rates Hit Record High

High school graduation rates hit a record high last year in Minnesota.83.2% of the Class of 2018 graduated across the state.  In the Anoka-Hennepin School District, 86.6% of high school seniors graduated, up more than three percent from the previ...

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Families Celebrate 'Gift of Life' at Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital hosted a special ceremony this week to celebrate the "Gift of Life."Dozens of people gathered Thursday night to honor family members who died last year and donated their organs, tissue and eyes to others in need.  Their n...

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Posted on: April 19, 2019

Session Teaches Parents About the Dangers of Teen Vaping

The Anoka-Hennepin School District is working to reverse a dangerous trend, teens using electronic cigarettes.The district’s director of student services says “vaping” by youth has increased more than 50% in the last three ye...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

District 11 Holding Information Session on Teen Vaping

There's a growing problem parents need to be aware of: teen vaping.  According to the FDA, vaping among high schoolers has increased 78 percent in just the last year alone.Parents are invited to learn more about the problem at an informational ev...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Despite Snow, Some Thinking About Gardening Season

A few days before an April snowstorm blanketed Coon Rapids in snow, close to 150 people were learning how to prepare for the growing season.The 13th annual Home Landscaping and Garden Fair returned to the Bunker Hills Activity Center on April 6th with mor...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

DECA Members Hold Kickball Marathon at CRHS

A group of 20 Coon Rapids High School students working to attend out of state leadership events have a story to tell for the rest of their lives.For 24 hours straight, students with DECA played a continuous game of kickball.  The game kicked off ...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Rescuers Honored for Saving Life of Coon Rapids Man

The rescuers involved in saving the life of a Coon Rapids man were honored this week.They received certificates of appreciation during Tuesday night's City Council Meeting and also posed for a photo with the 32-year-old man they saved back in December. &a...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Internal Search Planned for County Administrator Position

The Anoka County Board has come to a consensus on how to go about replacing the county administrator who's retiring next month.  In a work session Tuesday, members agreed to post the top job internally, leaving it open to current and some former ...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Distracted Driving Crackdown April 8-30

Law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up enforcement of distracted driving in the coming weeks.  The official crackdown starts April 8 and continues until the end of the month.  Officers will be working overtime look...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Debate Over Hiring Process for New County Administrator

A debate over the process of appointing a new county administrator spilled over into the Anoka County Board Meeting this week.Members of the public turned out to watch to Board vote on several resolutions for the county administrator position.  C...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Students Take Part in Manufacturing Career Intent Signing Day

For the third straight year, the Anoka Technical College hosted a "manufacturing career intent signing day" this week.The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce joined with industry partners and the Anoka Technical College to promote careers in the manu...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Meals on Wheels a Lifeline for Local Seniors

For the past four decades, Meals on Wheels in Coon Rapids has been the answer for those needing a warm healthy meal delivered to their door.“The bulk of our population are elderly who just need help doing things but we do have a handful of young...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Amtrak Declares Interest in NLX Passenger Rail Project

Amtrak publicly declared interest this week in developing a passenger rail line between the Twin Cities and the north shore.  During a news conference in Duluth on Monday, a vice president with Amtrak said the company planned to work with local o...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Open House Set for Hwy. 65 Transportation Study

An open house is set for a study underway of the Highway 65 corridor from Spring Lake Park to Ham Lake.  It will take place Monday, March 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the National Sports Center.  Those in attendance will learn about the study and...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Phil Mickelson Commits to 3M Open

Big news this week from the PGA Tour.  Golfing great Phil Mickelson has officially committed to playing the 3M Open in Blaine this summer.  He's the fourth player currently among the top 20 in the world rankings to commit to the tourname...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Transportation Funding Debate Comes to the North Metro

A House legislative committee traveled to Blaine this week as local lawmakers and public officials made the case to direct more transportation funding to high-traffic roads in the north metro.The House Transportation Finance and Policy Division listened t...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Makeup Day Added to School Calendar

It's not the news many students wanted to hear but their spring break is being shortened thanks to Mother Nature.  District 11 students were scheduled to get seven days off of school this month.  But the school board has added back March...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

District 11 Assoc. Superintendent Leaving for New Job

A member of the Anoka-Hennepin Schools leadership team is leaving District 11 for a new job.  Cory McIntyre has been named the new superintendent of Osseo Area Schools.  McIntyre currently serves Anoka-Hennepin as the associate superinte...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Hundreds Take the Plunge in Crooked Lake

Hundreds of people took a leap into the icy waters of Crooked Lake February 23rd -all in support of special Olympic Minnesota.For the eight year, the Polar Plunge returned to Coon Rapids, raising close to $150,000 for more than 8,000 athletes in Minnesota...

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Posted on: February 22, 2019

You're Hired: District 11 Hosts Job Fair

The Anoka-Hennepin School District has  lots of jobs available and they're looking to hire you.District 11 held a job fair on Tuesday for a number of year-round, operational positions.  There are job openings in technology for para-educa...

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Posted on: February 22, 2019

Mad Hatter Owners Purchasing Historic Home in Anoka

A historic home in the city of Anoka is set to get new owners.Currently, the owners of the Mad Hatter restaurant and tea house lease the property from the city.  But this week, the Anoka City Council approved a purchase agreement for the sale of ...

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