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…

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.

Students won’t be returning to school. While many parents knew in the back of their mind that this was likely to happen, it still came as a shock. Most had hoped that miraculously their children would return to school and then they could work — even if it was from home. 

The American Legion Department of Minnesota Executive Committee, Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee and Minnesota American Legion Commander Mark Dvorak have canceled the 2020 season out of concerns for safety of players, coaches, umpires, fans and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the beginning of April, the Anoka County Board of Commissioners approved curbside pickup service at three library locations. Due to the popularity and demand for the service, a fourth location, the Centennial branch in Circle Pines, has been approved to start offering the service. 

Each May, we recognize staff in our schools. Traditionally, the week falls as we are gearing up for end-of-year celebrations, athletic events, prom, graduation and all the activities that mark the winding down of a school year. We gather in the cafeteria, share rolls, coffee and some words o…

By its very nature as a global pandemic, the coronavirus has reached into every country and crevice of our earth, unilaterally changing the lives of those in its wake. For many residents in Anoka County, the inconvenience of sheltering in place, receiving unemployment, or wearing a mask caus…

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For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it altered daily routines, uncertainty, financial pressure and social isolation. This combination can leave some people feeling out of control and needing help to manage their emotions.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Staffing has become such a challenge at some Minnesota care facilities due to the coronavirus outbreak that a few aren't sure how they're going to get through the weekend, the head of an industry group said Friday.

The debate surrounding the definition of “essential worker” continues as Minnesotans wrestle with how to balance the physical health of our community with the economic health of the state and its residents. One photographer from Blaine has taken the conversation into her own hands, documenti…

I am writing this article near the end of April. The number of COVID-19 cases are increasing in Minnesota and neighboring states. I am not sure what the public health rules and regulations are going to be heading into the opening of fishing season in early May, but for sure it will not be bu…

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In response to Executive Order 20-41 issued today by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota State High School League, under direction of the League’s Board of Directors, has declared, effective immediately, all activities and athletics that occur during the spring season have been cancelled …

I landed at MSP’s Terminal 2 at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. I had been keeping up with the news while out of town, reading articles and emails when I could get Wi-Fi. One stood out to me: “I’m scared. What are we going to do about COVID-19?”

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The coronavirus pandemic has altered the daily routines of everyone, including visitors to the library for story times, computer use and checking out new materials. Our buildings may be closed, but the Anoka County Library system is still serving the community through digital resources and v…

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners April 14 authorized placement of temporary signage within the county right-of-way for the purpose of announcing reopenings and alternative service delivery options during the COVID-19 pandemic restriction period.

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American culture loves its fast cars, its freedom and its food. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 quarantine has taken a swipe at all three lifestyle pinnacles. But, as tradition would have it, the Anoka County community has fought back with resilience and innovation.

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Gov. Tim Walz delivered his second State of the State address on Sunday remotely from his residence. His message inspired hope for all of us during these difficult times — and acknowledged the challenges we’re facing as we adjust to a new, but temporary normal. Even so, we are confident in M…

The city of Anoka has extended its local emergency declaration indefinitely. Originally declared March 16, the state of emergency was scheduled to last through Monday, April 6. The council decided Monday to extend the declaration until the emergency is declared over.