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Posted on: October 5, 2022

CRHS Student Prepares for National Miss Juneteenth Pageant

In the Bel Canto choir at Coon Rapids High School, junior DaMaris Jones hit a high note this summer when she was crowned the first-ever Miss Juneteenth of Minnesota."There are so many expectations for women of color and so me, winning Miss Juneteenth...

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

Mediation & Restorative Services Celebrating 35 Years

This year, Mediation and Restorative Services, is celebrating their 35th anniversary. The non-profit organization serves residents in and around Anoka County.Coon Rapids resident, Lonni McCauley, was a key founder of the organization back in 1987. To this...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Garden Helps Students at Local School

To make a difference in the lives of their students, special education paraprofessional, Emily Drevlow, and special education elementary teacher, Amanda Reinarts, made a $500.00 donation to the River Trail Learning Center. The gift to the school started a...

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Posted on: September 16, 2022

Battle Against Emerald Ash Borer Ramping Up

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive insect that harms ash trees. It was discovered in Minnesota for the first time in 2009 and made its way to Coon Rapids by 2017. The pest won’t be going away anytime soon. So far in 2022, City For...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

City Council Candidates Take Part in Forum

Candidates running for the Coon Rapids City Council took part in a forum Wednesday night sponsored by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.The candidates running for mayor and city council seats in Ward 3 and Ward 5, took turns answeri...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Business Spotlight: Bach to Rock

If you are looking for a music school to help you, or your child, learn a favorite instrument, then you will want to check out Bach to Rock.Co-owner, Jake Shoulak said, "We really try and teach kids what they want to learn, hence the name Bach to Roc...

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Posted on: September 9, 2022

Building Improvements at Sand Creek Elementary

As students returned to the classroom this week at Sand Creek Elementary, they saw big changes in the former library. Media specialist Cindy Bailey got to introduce the third graders to the new, giant interactive smart board with a word cloud.“I...

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Posted on: September 8, 2022

Police Explorers Looking for New Recruits

The Coon Rapids Police Explorers are looking for new recruits to join the program with the Coon Rapids Police Department.Police Explorers must be between the ages of 14-20, must maintain a C average or better in school, and have an interest in law enforce...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Paladin Opens New School in Coon Rapids

Paladin Career and Technical High School held a ribbon cutting, on Thursday, September 1, to celebrate its new home in Coon Rapids. During the event, school principal, Brandon Wait, recognized the support of public officials and the community."So I j...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Battalion Chief - and Face of CRFD Facebook - Retires

After serving more than 27 years with the Coon Rapids Fire Department, retiring Battalion Chief Tim Gilsrud is getting the axe – a golden axe, as is custom in the fire service.

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Firefighters Golf in Charitable Tournament

Firefighters in Coon Rapids will be swinging their golf clubs in just a few weeks for the Coon Rapids Fire Department Community Fund golf tournament. The annual event raises money to help those who experience loss due to a house fire. Over the years, the ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2022

Input Wanted on Al Flynn Park Redevelopment Plans

The City of Coon Rapids is looking for additional feedback from the public related to the planned redevelopment of Al Flynn Park.Al Flynn Park is located off 100th Lane behind Lilli Putt and is one of the oldest parks in Coon Rapids. Improvements could in...

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Posted on: August 24, 2022

One-on-One with Interim Superintendent Kate Maguire

The new school year is almost here. This week, we sat down with interim superintendent Kate Maguire of the Anoka-Hennepin School District for a wide-ranging interview just hours after 300 new teachers gathered for their first workshop. Topics included job...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

Local Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

Harold Nelson, of Ramsey, has always been a numbers guy. He worked for years as an accountant. Now, at age 100, his friends at the Coon Rapids Senior Center held a balloon parade to mark his decades of digits.Harold was recognized for his military service...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

Asphalt Rejuvenator Product Applied to Local Roads

Crews applied an asphalt rejuvenator product to several Coon Rapids streets this week in the area of 121st Avenue and Butternut Street. A lime screening was then spread out over the top to help tack it down to the road surface.The streets treated on Tuesd...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

Business Spotlight: Mindful Wellbeing

As the weather warms up, summer is often a slower time for therapists in Minnesota including Mandy Wannarka, owner of Mindful Wellbeing in Coon Rapids. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, nothing slowed down.“The demand just outpaced what I could...

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Posted on: August 15, 2022

Rise, Inc. Showcases Artwork of Clients

Rise, Inc. recently held an open house and art exhibit at its Coon Rapids location to showcase the works of their clients who are a part of the art therapy program. Rise serves adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. According to...

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Major Renovation Project Complete at ARCC

Anoka-Ramsey Community College marked the completion of a major renovation project Thursday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony. For more than a year, the college has been overhauling its 31,150 square foot Business and Nursing Building.&...

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Green Homes Program Rewards Energy Efficiency

Green Homes is a home energy efficiency incentives program. Coon Rapids wants to help residents reduce their utility bills and increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Not only does increasing the efficiency of your home help save you money on utili...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Residents Brave Heat for Night to Unite

Residents across Coon Rapids braved the heat and humidity Tuesday night for food and fun during the annual 'Night to Unite' celebration. Members of the police and fire departments made stops at the various parties around the cit...

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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Great Turnout for Multicultural Night to Unite

For the fifth Multicultural Night to Unite Kickoff, people of Coon Rapids with heritage spanning the globe got a chance to share their cultures right in our community at Sand Creek Park on Monday night. This event has seen its attendance triple since it s...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Big Weekend for Golf in Blaine

The golf spotlight is shining on Blaine this week with the 3M Open in town. With the pro tour right in our backyard, spectators are out in full force not passing up the chance to see some of the best golfers in the world.This year marks the tournament's f...

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Posted on: July 15, 2022

USA Cup Welcomes Back International Competitors

There are over 950 teams playing in this year's USA Cup at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The largest youth soccer tournament in North America generates about $25 million for the local economy. The tournament welcomed back international te...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Building Renovation Project Nearly Complete at ARCC

After working for more than a year on the project, the renovations on the Nursing and Business building at Anoka-Ramsey Community College are nearly compete. ARCC’s director of facilities recently showed off the new classrooms."This is one ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

New Police Substation Opens at Riverdale Village

Officer Josh Pirkola has been on the retail beat at the Riverdale Village Center for just over two years."Theft is our number one reported crime here in Coon Rapids so being able to be up here and be on top of it and know the people that are going to...

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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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