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Posted on: February 16, 2024

North Suburban Home Show on March 9

The North Suburban Home Show is returning to the Andover YMCA Community Center on Saturday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with fresh ideas for homeowners.Since 1999, the FREE show has brought the area’s leading builders, contractors, ho...

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Posted on: February 16, 2024

New 'Odds and Ends' Trailer at Recycling Center

A 20 foot long, nondescript commercial container holds many new items which are now being accepted at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center."We're waiting for signage to come so it's easier identified," Recycling Center Coordinator ...

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Posted on: February 15, 2024

Puzzle Exchange Pilot Program at Library

You asked for it and the Anoka County Library has delivered. A puzzle exchange was recently set up in the lobby of the Northtown library branch... so you don't even need to check them out. You can bring a puzzle or take a puzzle or both....

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Posted on: February 14, 2024

Meet Miss Coon Rapids 2024

As the sun went down over Family Fun Day at the Coon Rapids Ice Center on Feb. 11,  we said goodbye to the last Snowflake Days event of 2024.There were a few ice skaters on the outdoor rink, including Little Miss Anoka County, Penny McGee and new...

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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Delta Dental Visits Adams Elementary School

This week at Adams Elementary in Coon Rapids, a class of smiley first graders got a lesson in caring for their teeth and gums."We want you to always be sure you're using toothpaste, only a little bit," Delta Dental of Minnesota, Vice Pr...

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Posted on: February 7, 2024 | Last Modified on: July 10, 2019

CRHS Cheer Team Headed to National Competition

A special send-off Tuesday night at Coon Rapids High School for the Cardinal cheer team. In late January, the team won the Minnesota State Cheerleading Association Competition, taking home first place in the finals of their coed non-tumbling team. It&...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Elections Judges Wanted for Presidential Nomination Primary

Absentee balloting for the major political parties presidential nominees opened up on January 19 in Civic room C inside the Coon Rapids Civic Center. Voting continues through Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. The presidential primary election day is on Tuesday, M...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Golfers Hit the Links at Bunker Hills

With afternoon temperatures in the upper 40s on a late January day, golfers descended on Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.The driving range opened on Friday, Jan. 26 and the executive course followed. The championship course will open on Wednesday,...

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Ice Bar Constructed for Snowflake Days Celebration

The centerpiece for the 2024 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days Celebration started cold as ice. But with each passing day above freezing, it's anyone's guess how long Mother Nature will allow it to stay standing."Last week, we were decidin...

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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Epiphany Church Sanctuary Undergoing Major Renovations

Changes are taking shape inside The Church of the Epiphany. The work started last year and represents the first major renovation of the sanctuary in 40 years."Maybe you've heard of Constantine's arch, an arch symbolic of victory, a ...

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Posted on: January 12, 2024

3 New School Board Members Sworn In

The first Anoka-Hennepin School District School Board meeting of 2024 is in the books.On Monday night, three new board members took the oath of office. Linda Hoekman, Zach Arco and Michelle Langenfeld then took their seats and got to work for the organiza...

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Posted on: January 11, 2024

Paladin HS Going Strong in New Coon Rapids Location

An impromptu graduation ceremony on Tuesday morning brought cheers from Paladin Career & Technical High School students who lined the halls for graduating senior Trey Moore. This was his special moment in front of the Paladin Wall of Fame.&qu...

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

New Beekeeping Ordinance in Coon Rapids

Last summer, the City of Coon Rapids completed a two year study on honey bees and what it takes to keep and maintain a healthy hive. That led the City Council to adopt a beekeeping ordinance in November."I think beekeeping will be a good addition to ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2023

Woodturner Bill Peterson Creates Masterpieces

The woodturning artistry of 84-year-old Coon Rapids resident Bill Peterson was displayed this fall at the Coon Rapids Civic Center courtesy of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s public art display. The octogenarian has been turning out a number o...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

Holiday Lighting Contest Winners 2023

Congratulations to the winning displays in our 2023 Holiday Lighting Contest! Thank you to all of the entrants that helped to "Light Up Coon Rapids" this year. 

The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of the 29 homes, which incl...

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Posted on: December 8, 2023

Updated Design for Hwy. 610 Interchange Project

Coon Rapids residents turned out at an open house this week for the Highway 610 and East River Road full access interchange project. On the same day as the open house, MnDOT approved the new layout. The changes involve the southern area of the pr...

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Posted on: December 7, 2023

'Nest to Threads' Boutique Celebrates One Year in Business

It was a little over a year ago when Nest to Threads, the boutique marketplace for small retailers, set up shop in Coon Rapids Square off of Coon Rapids Boulevard. Nest to Threads began with nine retail spaces for rent. Today, they currently host...

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Posted on: December 1, 2023

'Season of Giving' Donation Boxes at City Hall

Share your generosity this holiday season by contributing to our Season of Giving donation drive! We welcome monetary donations, as well as new and unwrapped toys, non-perishable food, winter coats and toiletries. All donations will directly benefit local...

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Posted on: November 30, 2023

Anoka County Looking to Build New Jail

Anoka County has proposed to build a new Anoka County jail off Jackson Street and 4th Avenue. The current jail in downtown Anoka was built in 1983 and was originally designed for 130 inmates. Photos shared with CTN from inside the jail show substandard co...

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Posted on: November 22, 2023

Coon Rapids Resident Turns Garage into Art Studio

Artist and Coon Rapids resident Ben Johnson recently turned his garage into an art studio complete with a brand new furnace."It's around, I'd say anywhere to 1,700, 2,100 degrees, fresh from the pot as it drops,” Johnson s...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Project Will Add Third Lane on Highway 10

Get ready for more construction on Highway 10 next year... this time in Coon Rapids. "We identified through that study back in 2018 the third lane would benefit the system," said Nick Dobda, Anoka County engineering design supervisor.Re...

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Posted on: November 14, 2023

Meet Kate Anderson, Coon Rapids' New GreenCorps Member

AmeriCorps member Kate Anderson feels fortunate to be serving the City of Coon Rapids as her host site. This is the community where she lives. Minnesota’s GreenCorps program, coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, placed...

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Posted on: November 5, 2023

Drain Your Outdoor Spigot

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Brrrr… you’ve probably noticed the drop in temps, so has your home’s plumbing! This is a friendly reminder to get ahead of the winter woes and DRAIN your spigot now before the temperature drops again! If water freezes in you...

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Posted on: November 4, 2023

Public Works Crews Preparing for Winter

This week's Halloween snowfall reminds us that seasons change. And inside the Coon Rapids Public Works building, the Streets Department is preparing for winter. Dump trucks are being turned into plow trucks."This assembly here is a sander which allow...

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Posted on: October 27, 2023

ARCC Students Staging Fall Play

It's show time at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. A cast of eight students  is staging their fall production called the "Fifth of July." A group of friends who came of age in the sixties have a reunion where they remin...

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

Mercy Park Playground More Accessible to All

On Tuesday, city officials joined together with staff from Mercy Hospital and Allina Health to celebrate the new inclusive playground at Mercy Park."Partnerships like this one with Mercy and the Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute ar...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

New Rotational Art Program Launches

The Coon Rapids Arts Commission is launching a new program to allow local and regional artists to display their work at City Hall.The City and the arts commission are committed to promoting and integrating arts, culture and public aesthetics throughout th...

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Posted on: October 13, 2023

City Mascot 'Rocky the Raccoon' Gets Refresh

If you haven't seen him out and about yet, look for him at upcoming community events. We're talking about Rocky the Raccoon, the City's longtime mascot who got a major makeover this year. He was introduced to the community durin...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Firefighters Teach Students Important Safety Lessons

On Tuesday, some students at Hamilton Elementary got out of class for a special visit. Fire inspector Robert Erickson and fellow firefighters from the Coon Rapids Fire Department, hosted a fire prevention week program for kindergarten through second grade...

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Posted on: October 11, 2023

New Charter School Opens in Coon Rapids

After a late start to the school year, the Innovation Science and Technology Academy, is the latest public charter school to open its doors in Coon Rapids. In early September, the city council gave the four year old school, 'use flexibility&a...

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Posted on: September 29, 2023

CRMS Student Wins National Poster Contest

In Katherine Nelson's art class, Coon Rapids Middle School seventh grader Avrie Siedschlag likes to draw. She has a competitive edge which has lead her to enter lots of poster contests."I started doing the posters in like elementary school,&...

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Posted on: September 25, 2023

Solar Energy Use Growing in Coon Rapids

It was nearly a year ago when Bob Gagner and his wife Chris Bennett-Gagner had solar panels installed on the roof of their Coon Rapids home. They had their contractor put up a total of 18 panels split between two areas on their roof."Our major goal i...

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Posted on: September 15, 2023

New Water Tower Under Construction

A new one million gallon water tower is currently under construction just southeast of the intersection of Coon Rapids Boulevard and Foley Boulevard. Once completed, the new tower will replace the oldest water tower in the city, which is located at Northd...

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Posted on: September 14, 2023

National Assisted Living Week

At age 83, Kathy Fritz has made strides since recovering from a stroke. She moved to Epiphany Assisted Living in Coon Rapids, from her former home in Spring Lake Park, last October.“The staff is wonderful, my apartment is adorable,” Fr...

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Posted on: September 6, 2023

Pedestrian Improvements Made on Northdale Blvd.

The new school year is ushering in some changes for both pedestrians and drivers on Northdale Boulevard near Coon Rapids High School.The main crosswalk has been moved further to the east to better align with the school entrance as well as the athletic sta...

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Posted on: September 1, 2023

Cory McIntyre Takes Over as New Superintendent

In June, District 11 introduced Cory McIntyre to families in the Anoka-Hennepin School District through a video they put online. He's a familiar face to many. Before he became the superintendent of Osseo Area Schools, four years ago, he had serve...

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Posted on: August 29, 2023

Hundreds Help Raise Money, Awareness About Veteran Suicide

Duty and honor are what veterans uphold for us to live in a free country. It comes at a cost where some have given the ultimate sacrifice. Meanwhile, other veterans face a daily struggle."Every few minutes a veteran commits suicide, around the clock,...

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