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Posted on: June 24, 2022

Bee Keeping Pilot Program Underway in Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids resident Jennifer Pelton has been a beekeeper for many years.  It’s a time-intensive hobby she first learned as a young girl from her father, while growing up on an apple orchard."I really enjoy being outside and just, ...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Dr. Kate Maguire Named Interim Superintendent

The Anoka-Hennepin School District has named an interim superintendent for the 2022-23 school year. The School Board interviewed three candidates this week and selected Dr. Kate Maguire to lead the school district for the coming school year.Magui...
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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Business Booming at Riverdale Village

Business is booming in the Riverdale Village Retail Center. At the height of the pandemic, more than 300,000 square feet of retail space sat vacant."Going through the pandemic, working with our leasing team out in West Palm Beach, we put tog...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Coon Rapids Selects New Police Chief

Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise will retire at the end of June after a distinguished 27-year career with the Coon Rapids Police Department. Following a competitive selection process, the City chose Coon Rapids Police Captain John Stahnke as the next ch...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Miss C.R. Outstanding Teen to Compete in Nat'l Competition

In March, 17-year-old Julia Schumacher became the first Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen ever to win the state title as Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen."It was definitely an unreal moment,” Julia Schumacher said. “I&am...

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Posted on: June 2, 2022

Primary Election Required for 2 City Council Seats

Three Coon Rapids City Council seats are on the ballot this fall and in two of those races there will be a primary election in August. The entire Anoka County Board is also up for re-election due to redistricting. Here's a rundown of the races (N...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Bach to Rock Opens Location in Coon Rapids

A brand new music school is now open in Coon Rapids. The business community gathered Tuesday afternoon for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at Bach to Rock.The school, which also has a location in Plymouth, gives lessons on a variety of instr...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Business Spotlight: ACE Hardware

ACE Hardware has been a staple in Coon Rapids for decades. But at the end of 2020, the ownership changed hands.“We were flirting around with the idea of buying another store,” said Tim Owata. Owata and his wife, Elena Nelson, ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Coon Rapids Residents Attend Public Works Open House

Dozens of residents turned out on Saturday for the Coon Rapids Public Works Department's first open house since 2019."It's nice to show them what we have,” said Tim Himmer, Public Works Director. “We thank them f...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

New Program Helps Homeowners Struggling with Payments

HomeHelpMN is a federally funded program dedicated to assisting homeowners who are at risk of default, foreclosure or displacement as a result of a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes financial assistance for mortgage ...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

3 City Council Seats on Ballot

Filings for public office open on Tuesday, May 17. Coon Rapids voters will elect a Mayor and Councilmembers in Wards 3 and 5 at the General Election on Tuesday, November 8.People interested in running for office must file an affidavit of candidacy and pay...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

District 11 Announces Timeline for Superintendent Search

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board is planning an extensive search for a new superintendent to replace David Law, who is leaving at the end of this school year for the superintendent position with Minnetonka Public Schools. On Monday night, the Scho...

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Posted on: May 2, 2022

City Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

Construction will soon be underway on a new fire station in Coon Rapids. On Monday, local dignitaries along with City staff members officially broke ground on the project."It's a reaffirmation of our commitment to public safety and our fire departmen...

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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Kris Niebler Retires After 26 Years with Senior Center

It was a full house at the Coon Rapids Civic Center April 22 for the retirement ceremony of Senior Services Program Specialist Kris Niebler. She was recognized for her years of service by family, coworkers and the many seniors she served." I have lov...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Old Pederson Floral Building Demolished

A fixture for decades on Coon Rapids Boulevard is no more. On Tuesday, the old Pederson Floral  building was demolished to make way for the expansion of U-Haul which is located next door. Pederson Floral opened the flower shop back in 1...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Superintendent David Law Leaving Anoka-Hennepin Schools

The Anoka-Hennepin School District announced this morning that Superintendent David Law has accepted the superintendent position with the Minnetonka Public School District. He will start his new role on July 1 (subject to approval of a contract).

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

DARE Students Get Life-Saving Lesson

Coon Rapids DARE officer Bryan Platz led Sand Creek Elementary School fifth graders through the DARE decision-making model when faced with the question of being the help. Today, he's teaching a lesson on compression-only CPR. It's a life...

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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Police Dept. Adds Mental Health Professional

She may not wear a badge or uniform, but Amanda Terwey starts her day alongside members of the Coon Rapids Police Department as an embedded mental health professional. While on-duty, Terwey is partnered with a police officer and responds to calls...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Buff City Soap Opens in Coon Rapids

From bath bombs and bar soap to body butter and laundry soap, a new shop in town has it all. This week, representatives from the Metro North Chamber of Commerce helped Buff City Soap celebrate its new location at the corner of M...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Firefighters Rally Around Co-worker After Cancer Diagnosis

A pop-up barbershop took place Wednesday inside Coon Rapids Fire Station One. In a show of solidarity, 21 firefighters took turns getting their head shaved in support of fellow firefighter Christian Worby."This is amazing, like, I had no idea that th...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Pedestrian Safety Improvements Planned Near CRHS

State funding has been secured to make some safety improvements along Northdale Blvd. in front of Coon Rapids High School. A grant from the Safe Routes to School program will provide about $458,000 to make several changes including relocating the main cro...

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Posted on: March 26, 2022

Registration Underway for Firecracker 5K

Join the annual family-friendly Coon Rapids Firecracker 5k Walk/Run and Kid’s Sparkler Dash in conjunction with the Coon Rapids 4th of July Celebration!  Registration is open now. 

2022 Coon Rapids Firecracker 5K

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Popular CRHS Music Teacher Honored

It was an emotional send-off Monday night for a popular music teacher at Coon Rapids High School.Rick Geiger, who recently accepted a new position at his church, received a standing ovation during the annual "Sing Into Spring" choir concert. In ...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Hwy. 10 Construction Begins in Anoka

Highway 10 in Anoka was reduced to one lane in each direction on Monday eastbound from Sunfish Lake Boulevard in Ramsey all the way to Highway 47/Ferry Street. You can expect single lane traffic all summer and into the fall."It is going to be congest...

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Posted on: March 17, 2022

ACBC Food Shelf Needs Donations

Like a beacon of hope, the ACBC Food Shelf stands poised and ready to meet food insecurity in the community. The Anoka-based food shelf has been under the direction of Stephanie Lehman, who joined the operation in July of 2020."Families coming in ha...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

Major Reconstruction Project on Hwy. 10

Get ready for a slower commute if you travel Highway 10 through Anoka. Starting this spring, a two year construction project will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction.On average, Highway 10 in Anoka carries over 60,000 vehicles per day. Peak westb...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Yoga on Ice at Crooked Lake

During the cold winter months, ice fishing takes over the frozen lakes of Minnesota. But have you heard of ice yoga?Two years ago, Coon Rapids resident and yoga instructor Jamie Bartlett was inspired to create an ice yoga class behind her home on Crooked ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

Anoka Co. Attorney Tony Palumbo Retiring

Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo has announced that he will not seek re-election this fall and will, instead, retire at the end of 2022. Palumbo started his public service in 1977 and has been an Assistant County Attorney in all four divisions ...
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Posted on: February 18, 2022

District 11 Targeting Job Seekers

Job seekers met recruiters on Wednesday during a job fair at the Educational Service Center in Anoka. The Anoka-Hennepin School District wants to hire both part-time and full-time workers in a variety of positions including paras, assistants and...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

Big Honors for CRHS Concert Choir

The Coon Rapids High School concert choir is gearing up for a big performance this month.On Tuesday, the voices of the concert choir came together in harmony, inspired by fame. The choir got a visit from world renowned composer, Jake Runestad, who gave a ...

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Posted on: February 4, 2022

New Golf Simulators at Bunker Hills

Outside of Bunker Hills Golf Club, the links are quiet this time of year, covered in a blanket of snow. But inside the clubhouse is where the fun is. Four new golf simulators, installed in December, are keeping die-hard golfers like Darryl Rangel of Blai...

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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Recycling Center Now Accepting Paint

As of February 1, the Coon Rapids Recycling Center has added paint to the list of acceptable recyclables. Up to five gallon containers are accepted. There is a 100 gallon limit per visit.

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  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, ...
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Posted on: January 25, 2022

School Board Adopts New Mask Policy

 

On Monday night, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board approved a new policy relating to masks in schools during the pandemic. The new policy, which starts January 31, looks at each school individually when determining who needs to mask.Masks will be ...

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Posted on: January 27, 2022

Precinct Caucuses Coming Up on Feb. 1

The 2022 Precinct Caucuses in Coon Rapids will look a bit different this year. For the Republicans, they will be meeting in-person for their precinct caucus. Democrats however, have opted for a "contactless caucus.""On caucus night we will...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Unique Winter Tradition on Crooked Lake

On a frozen Crooked Lake in mid-January, the choices for fun are few. The ice is 13 inches thick. But that won’t stop Dan Anderson of Andover."My motto is: you only go around once,… or twice," Anderson said.He built a box o...

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Posted on: January 12, 2022

Mercy Hospital Overwhelmed with Patients in ER

Inside Mercy Hospital's emergency department lobby, there are plenty of people waiting to see a doctor, including Grace Anderson."It seems to be pretty crowded," Anderson said. She lives in Elk River and came in to the emergency after e...

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Posted on: January 12, 2022

2 New Members on Anoka-Hennepin School Board

Two new School Board members took the oath of office this week.Kacy Deschene will represent District 3 which covers southwestern Coon Rapids along with Champlin and Dayton.Matt Audette represents District 4 which covers northern Andover and northeastern R...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Anoka Armory Reopens as COVID Testing Site

COVID testing is once again ramping up across the state. 

The Anoka Armory opened on Friday for those who need a test. Testing is also available Saturday, January 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Then, starting January 13, the Armory will be open Thursda...

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