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About 40 volunteers helped build a new playground at St. Francis Elementary Saturday, July 11. The project was funded by donations and organized by the St. Francis Elementary Association of Parents and Teachers. The community build had been planned for next year, but the cash and in-kind don…

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The Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Management Committee approved the next step June 9 for the county to use almost $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funds received to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The regular session of the Minnesota Legislature closed out with a flurry of activity but no bonding bill. While legislators are on hiatus until a special session, a few local lawmakers shared their expectations for what’s coming down the pipeline.

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The Muslim American Society of Minnesota announced May 23 it will keep the MAS Blaine Masjid closed despite Gov. Tim Walz announcing all places of worship may open Wednesday, May 27, at 25% occupancy indoors with a maximum of 250 people, provided they adhere to public health guidelines.