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.

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If members of the public have documents or other paperwork they need to drop off for processing by Anoka County employees, they can do so at book drop box locations at the North Central, Mississippi and Johnsville libraries.

The first strands of sunlight stretched across the Friday morning horizon like a detached bystander, unaware of the anxious uncertainty that had consumed our state for the last week. Yet, it was comforting to see something normal and predictable in a time when so much is not.

It has been a trying time for our country and state, and it will continue to be one of the greatest times of challenge we have faced. The advancement of the COVID-19 virus has changed our lives completely and swiftly. 

As state and federal officials desperately work to “flatten the curve” and the impact of COVID-19 cases on our health care system, many local businesses have experienced the devastating results of an economy that has ground to a halt. 

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This past week Allina Health announced adjustments to COVID-19 testing procedures to conserve resources for the most critically ill patients and for the safety of staff. It also further restricted visitors to its facilities.

Hand sanitizers are a great option if you're not able to wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizers have many positives, however, they are not effective if organic matter (dirt, food, or other material) is visible on hands. If your hands are visibly dirty, wash your hands with soap…

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Get the latest and most accurate Anoka County government information regarding COVID-19 at the county's public health website.

ABC Newspapers checked into Anoka County businesses that are offering free or reduced-price meals for children and families while school is not in session. If your business is offering free meals while schools are closed, let us know at emilee.wentland@ecm-inc.com.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is discouraging the public from making any nonessential visits to court facilities during the outbreak of COVID-19. In an effort to reduce foot traffic in courthouses, the state court administrator has announced the following temporary administrative actions, ef…

Starting tomorrow, March 17, at 5 p.m. dining in at any restaurants in Minnesota, as well as the operation of many other businesses where crowds of people typically gather, will no longer be possible for at least the next couple weeks. Following the Minnesota Department of Health’s announcem…

Late Sunday night, March 15, as more information about COVID-19 became available, APG of East Central Minnesota, the parent company of ABC Newspapers, made the decision to close its office doors to the public for the foreseeable future. This is proactively being done to protect our staff fro…

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Governor Tim Walz today, March 15,  authorized the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will be close…

Panic and self-preservation are natural reactions when our environment is disrupted with something unusual or disturbing, and perhaps more so in a society that is built on the concept of competition in so many areas of our lives.

Anoka County Law Day, originally scheduled May 1 at the Anoka County Courthouse and Government Center, has been canceled to limit the risk of coronavirus exposure to the public, students and county employees.