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The Ramsey City Council has decided to allow greater flexibility in its small business relief grant program.
Sports and activities will continue in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, even as classes move online, after the district reversed course Monday night in the wake of an outcry from parents and students.
Money donated during a hand sanitizer distribution last spring was donated recently to a local charity.
Following state guidance, the Anoka-Hennepin School District has announced middle and high school students will shift to distance learning after Anoka County breached the threshold of 30 new COVID-19 cases per 10,000 people in 14 days.
An increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area has put the conclusion of fall sports and the start of winter sports in doubt.
Columbia Heights Public Schools recently launched a livestream option for families and community members to watch activities and athletics events.
Blaine High School had at least five lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in a recent two-week reporting period, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Blaine residents celebrated Night to Unite Tuesday, Oct. 6, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
What better place to go exploring for ghosts than in the city of Anoka, Halloween Capital of the World? Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters. So much so that the Anoka County Historical Society gathered up all the stories people brought to us and turned them into a …
The state of Minnesota is partnering with Anoka County and the city of Anoka to offer free COVID-19 testing next week.
Community members can kick off Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 4-10, by visiting the closest Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View fire station for education, fun and an opportunity to get to know local firefighters.
Area schools are taking extra measures this year to filter pathogens out of the air inside their buildings.
An attempt to maintain some sense of normalcy in Ramsey was rained out Saturday, Sept. 12.
Skaters at the Coon Rapids Ice Center will have to make sure they call ahead this season due the coronavirus pandemic.
Anoka businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for grants through a new program by the city of Anoka.
With the specter of a pandemic looming over its 100th anniversary celebration, Anoka Halloween is making changes to keep COVID-19 scares to a minimum.
A Ramsey County judge last week roundly rejected the arguments by a group of businesses and state legislators who sued Gov. Tim Walz over his COVID-19 executive orders.
Anoka County Commissioners approved a little over $4.6 million in new spending from the federal coronavirus relief bill Sept. 8.
Coon Rapids seniors will soon be able to call “bingo” again.
Anoka County businesses have more time and expanded criteria to apply for COVID-19 relief money.
A Blaine church’s annual carnival is going online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District welcomed students back to school this week, though classes have been delayed.
This is a first. For 66 years, I’ve approached “back to school” as a student, parent, grandparent and educator. Like most readers, I’ve felt excitement and fear. But nothing like this. None of us in this country have ever faced anything like COVID-19. So for several weeks, I’ve talked with v…
Vulnerable seniors have found themselves more isolated than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ramsey City Council was split Aug. 11 over a resolution recognizing individuals who are exempt from the state mask mandate and asking Gov. Tim Walz to lift the mandate.
Anoka County Commissioners approved just over $300,000 in coronavirus-related spending Aug. 11 for facility modifications to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases in the future.
Blaine and Spring Lake Park are lending small businesses a helping hand by awarding grants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coon Rapids businesses will soon be able to apply for grant relief from the city for coronavirus-related losses.
Andover’s Economic Development Authority will oversee a COVID-19 grant relief program the Andover City Council approved Aug. 4.
The Spring Lake Park School District plans to bring kindergartners and first-graders back to class full time this fall, while older students use hybrid learning models that combine in-person and distance learning. Parents were also given the option to enroll their students in distance-learni…
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Students in Fridley Public Schools can plan to return to class two days a week this fall and spend the balance of the week in distance learning.
The Columbia Heights School District plans to start the school year using distance learning combined with limited in-person instruction.
A handful of volunteers have turned 80 acres of city-owned property off University Avenue in Bethel into a haunt for mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners.
The Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair Committee has announced that after much consideration it is canceling the 2020 event that was set to be held on Sept. 26.
Spring Lake Park residents can blame COVID-19 for making them wait even longer for Hy-Vee to open in the city. The store is now slated to open in spring 2021, according to Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president for communications.
The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to alter sports for this fall to address concerns around COVID-19.
The St. Francis School District is preparing to bring students back to class using a hybrid model, combining in-person and distance learning — but that could change quickly.
Local Muslims performed the Eid prayer July 31 at MAS Blaine Masjid in Blaine to mark Eid al-Adha.
Students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District can expect to spend two days a week in class, with the remainder of the week dedicated to distance learning at the beginning of this school year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state officials on Thursday, July 30, unveiled a plan to reopen schools this fall that gives districts some flexibility to toggle between in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the coronavirus gets out of control.
Anoka County will use coronavirus relief funds to support businesses, nonprofits and public safety.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said this week it will not enforce Gov. Tim Walz’s mask mandate.
“Since April, we’re been inundated with cases of teenagers who had been doing fine before COVID 19. Their parent(s) report that the teens suddenly could not sleep at night, lost their appetite, were cutting themselves, and had suicidal thoughts. Personalities changed, teenagers become irrita…
The state recently sent warning letters to two Anoka County restaurants over violations of the requirements for reopening under Gov. Tim Walz’s June 5 executive order, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Truth be told, I don’t like wearing a mask. It’s uncomfortable and perhaps only reasonably effective.
Blaine, Columbia Heights, Fridley and Spring Lake Park have designated their polling places for the 2020 primary and general elections, and some locations are moving due to a new state statute.
Ham Lake was one of the few cities in the Twin Cities to host a Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
Sticks & Stones Restaurant in Blaine, the north metro’s only nonprofit restaurant, is reopening Monday, July 6, with a Hometown Heroes event.
Food trucks may begin operating at 14 area parks, libraries and county buildings.
The Columbia Heights City Council unanimously approved an emergency interim ordinance Monday, June 22, which allows restaurants to establish temporary outdoor dining through Sunday, Nov. 15, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz approved plans Thursday to distribute $841 million in federal coronavirus aid to cities and counties across Minnesota, along with another $12 million for food banks and food shelves that have seen a surge in demand since the pandemic hit the state.
Wargo Nature Center is providing free, virtual nature camps this summer.
The city of Blaine has postponed the annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders.
Anoka County has created an online dashboard for the public to see statistics about COVID-19 cases in Anoka County
All Anoka County libraries, except Mississippi Library in Fridley, which is currently under construction, will open to the public Wednesday, June 24, at half capacity.
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.
Low-income families have until June 30 to apply for additional benefits to help feed their kids.
With school out and many events limited or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for ways to get out of the house and enjoy the Minnesota summer.
After a thrilling debut tournament a year ago, 3M Open tournament officials announced June 15 that the 2020 PGA TOUR’s 3M Open, scheduled for July 23-26 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, will be conducted without spectators in accordance to current Minnesota state guidelines in place due to COVID-19.
Jackson Street in downtown Anoka was full Friday night, June 5, not with cars, but with pedestrians and diners taking advantage of a sunny evening to eat out for the first time in months.
For many people, coloring served as the first introduction to how art impacts our world. Whether on plain paper or in coloring books, children experiment with mixing, outlining and blending to create what they see in their mind’s eye. For some lucky ones, the colors of the rainbow follow the…
After some debate the Coon Rapids City Council approved a resolution June 2 urging the state to allow businesses to reopen.
Blaine has instituted a temporary outdoor dining policy, which went into effect June 1.
An East Bethel legislator and two Anoka County businesses are among those suing Gov. Tim Walz over his executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday a gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues during the coronavirus pandemic.
After being closed for three months due to coronavirus safety precautions, the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley has reopened in time for the summer.
This year’s July 3 fireworks in Anoka and the annual Anoka Food Truck Festival have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From canceled proms to virtual graduation ceremonies, this year’s high school seniors are missing out on the traditional end-of-high-school experience. But the committees behind two area senior parties want to give students one more chance to get together before going their separate ways.
The Spring Lake Park High School Class of 2020 will have both a virtual and possibly a live graduation this year.
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.
The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shopping local with a coloring page.
The Anoka County Board of Commissioners has given property owners two more months to pay their property taxes.
The Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility is reopening.
A trickle of visitors stopped by the Anoka Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Memorial Park during the early afternoon of Monday, May 25.
A Coon Rapids Catholic school is providing three meals a day to children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back in January when I thought about a new year full of experiences, this isn’t exactly what I was expecting. I envisioned my youngest child graduating from high school, parading across the stage while her dad and I cheered for her even though the administration said not to. I imagined adven…
The Great Minnesota Get-Together will not be held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came Friday, May 22, after a meeting of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, which governs the Minnesota State Fair. The event was scheduled for Aug. 27 thro…
The gold-speckled hawk cut through the still air and landed on the lowest limb of a maple tree, a fixture that was still unfurling its leafy canopy for spring’s onset. The hawk sat motionless for several seconds, offering no indication of its intentions or where it might go next. Solitary. F…
The National Sports Center announced today, May 20, that all planned tournaments and leagues produced by the NSC, including the 2020 Target USA CUP, have been canceled through July of 2020. The decision was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, referees, employees, volunt…
As we continue to follow social distancing guidelines, many of us are experiencing new sources of stress and anxiety. As children remain home from school and businesses have shifted to telework or reduced hours, families have had to adjust to our new normal. As these stressors intensify and …
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, May 20, that bars and restaurants may reopen June 1 for outdoor dining, with salons and barbershops also allowed to resume at 25% capacity.
To the editor:
The reports were disturbing.
Due to the shutdown of graduation ceremonies, Legacy Christian Academy in Andover found an alternative way to recognize its graduates.
St. Francis High School has announced it will have a virtual graduation June 5.
Anoka’s new veterans memorial will have to wait another year to host its first Memorial Day ceremony.
Following the lifting of Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order May 18, the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 Third Ave., Anoka, will open to the public in a limited capacity over the following two days.
No question we’ve been handed bushels full of lemons this spring. Between staying at home as much as possible and worrying about the global pandemic, we have hit upon a sour note.
When the Anoka County Historical Society sent out our initial survey for COVID-19 in March, we didn’t anticipate a Phase II, let alone rounding the corner on creating a Phase III survey. By the results we’re receiving, most of Anoka County didn’t either.