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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.

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 …

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.

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…

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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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.

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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.

“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…

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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…

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.

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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.

A trickle of visitors stopped by the Anoka Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Memorial Park during the early afternoon of Monday, May 25.

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…

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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…

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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 …

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.