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Posted on: December 2, 2021

MN Nat'l Guard Members Learn Nursing Skills at Local Colleges

Members of the Minnesota National Guard have a new mission. Hundreds of guard soldiers across Minnesota are training so they can lend a hand at long term care facilities around the state."It's the things that we do for ourselves everyday like just ge...

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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Coon Rapids Resident Self-Publishes Second Book

Sister Lost marks the second horror novel by Coon Rapids resident Jennifer DeVries who writes under the pen name, Brenda Lyne.Jennifer’s fascination with the horror genre began early. By age 12, she had read every Stephen King novel in her pare...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Support Local Businesses on 'Small Business Saturday'

The holiday shopping season is here and local small businesses hope you keep them in mind as you make your purchases in the coming weeks.

Mayor Jerry Koch has declared Saturday, November 27 as Small Business Saturday in Coon Rapids. The City supports our l...

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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Coon Rapids Designated as 'SolSmart Silver City'

RMS Company manufactures precision parts for high tech companies including the medical device industry. They run a 24/7 operation which uses enormous amounts of energy. RMS had been faced with rising energy costs, according to John Braun, the company&...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Planning Underway for Fire Station #3 Replacement

The Coon Rapids Fire Department is preparing for a big project next year. That's when construction is expected to begin on a new Fire Station #3."The city did a study of all of its buildings and it was decided that the current Fire Station #...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Famous Dave's Cuts Ribbon on New "Quick 'Que"

Two Chambers of Commerce welcomed Famous Dave's back to Coon Rapids with a ribbon cutting on Monday morning. The Quick 'Que style restaurant is the first in the nation for Famous Dave's. The restaurant’s founder, Dave “Famous Dave” Anderson presided over ...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

CRHS Fall Production: 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Coon Rapids High School presents, William Shakespeare's, "Much Ado About Nothing." It's a story full of misunderstandings and deception, according to senior, Riley Peterson, who plays the role of Ursala."There's c...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

CRHS Celebrates Homecoming Week

It's Homecoming Week at Coon Rapids High School and that means spirit days, a parade and powderpuff football action.The Coon Rapids High School marching band played in the Homecoming Parade Wednesday night as dozens of people gathered al...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Pickleball Courts Dedicated to Former Council Member

Dozens of family members and friends gathered last weekend to honor a man who brought pickleball to Coon Rapids.Former City Council member Bruce Sanders, who died one year ago, helped spearhead an effort which resulted in a major renovation project at Riv...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Construction of Addition Underway at CRMS

A major construction project is underway at Coon Rapids Middle School.The 8,000 square foot addition will include three, extra-large science classrooms and two, regular sized classrooms. The middle school is near capacity with 1,600 students currently en...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

3 More Inducted into CRHS Hall of Fame

Coon Rapids High School recently inducted its third Hall of Fame class at a ceremony in the school cafeteria.  The first inductee was Katie (Bestul) Lakanen, who was a track and field standout athlete in the hurdles from 1994 through 1996."F...

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Posted on: September 30, 2021

CTN Wins 5 National Awards

CTN was recently recognized with five awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors annual conference. Here's a list of the awards:

  1. 1st Place - "Sportsnight Promo" - Municipal Channel Promotion
  2. 1st Plac...
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Posted on: July 1, 2021

3 School Levy Questions on the Ballot this Fall

The Anoka-Hennepin Schools superintendent along with his staff are trying to make sure the community is informed about three levy questions that are on the ballot this fall.The first two would renew levies that are set to expire. The third question would ...

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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Bikes4Kids Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On the Sannerud family farm, up in Ham Lake, it was a September pig roast and outdoor picnic, where volunteers, guests and dignitaries gathered to mark a milestone.Dave Bonthius of Anoka is a longtime Bikes4Kids volunteer and was the MC for the afternoon,...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

A Look Inside the Multicultural Advisory Committee

In an effort to improve community relations between the police and the public, Captain John Stahnke of the Coon Rapids Police Department has organized the City's first Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC). The atmosphere is one of respect for c...

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

CRHS Welcomes New Principal

The freshman at Coon Rapids High School aren't the only new faces in the building this fall. Cardinal Nation has a new leader: Principal John Peña."The beginning of the school year has been great, the staff here have been awesome....

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Reservoir Rehab Work Underway at East Water Treatment Plant

A large industrial vacuum sits outside the temporary entrance of the ground storage reservoir as crews work inside the emptied five and a half million gallon tank.  The rehabilitation of the steel structure is taking place at the East Water Treat...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

District 11 to Require Masks for K-6 Students

On a 4-1 vote Monday night, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board voted to require masks for students and teachers in grades K-6 this fall when the COVID case rate is above 15 per 10,000 people. Anoka County is currently at 17 cases per 10,000.

Board member Anna...

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Posted on: August 6, 2021

School Bus Companies Looking for New Drivers

The new school year is approaching and that has local school bus companies looking to hire new drivers."Everybody starts at $19 an hour,” said Kottkes’ Bus Recruiter, Nichol Flemister.To drive a school bus, a candidate needs to be...

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

City Replacing Water Meters in Residential Properties

The City of Coon Rapids is replacing water meters because the units are at the end of their warranty cycles and they have new technology.“We’re replacing just short of 3,000 meters this year,” said utilities superintendent Sh...

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

Hwy. 10 Third Lane Proposal Could Get Federal Boost

City, county and state officials gathered late Tuesday afternoon to show off what's become a bottle neck for traffic in the north metro. 

This stretch of Highway 10 carries 90,000 vehicles a day. The proposed solution to the congestion is...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Record-Breaking 'Fill the Boot' Drive for CRFD

Members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department collected a record amount of money in their annual 'Fill the Boot' drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Coon Rapids fire chief John Piper said Thursday that firefighters colle...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Fireworks Safety Tips

As we approach the holiday weekend, officials are urging caution with fireworks due to the dry conditions across Minnesota.Injuries are also a big problem each year. So we talked to Inspector Robert Erickson of the Coon Rapids Fire Department on how to sa...

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Posted on: June 18, 2021

Coon Rapids Advances Another Step in 'Green' Initiative

The City of Coon Rapids is moving on up when it comes to going green. The city recently became a Step 3 city in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. The program is voluntary and helps cities achieve their sustainability and quality of life goals.

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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Lions Coon Creek Park on Display at First Summer Meeting

Tuesday night, the city held an ice cream social, to the relief of many battling the heat, at one of the most popular parks in Coon Rapids.  Mayor Jerry Koch spoke to neighbors at the kickoff of the Summer in the City Neighborhood Meetings at Lio...

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