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The Coon Rapids City Council has renewed its contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections to continue the Institution Community Work Crew program through which minimum-security prison inmates do various maintenance and minor construction projects for the city.

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Val Miller has led Northwest Passage High School students on trips to China, Alaska and Costa Rica. But ask her favorite part of the job as a special education coordinator, and she’ll say it’s being able to see students as individuals and rekindle the joy of learning in them.

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Three street reconstruction projects, covering 9.6 miles with a total estimated cost of more than $11.6 million, were approved by the Coon Rapids City Council Feb. 19 following public hearings and assessment hearings.

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The Coon Rapids City Council awarded a contract Feb. 19 for the removal of a pedestrian bridge on Coon Rapids Boulevard and the extension of an existing culvert on Pleasure Creek at the boulevard.

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Families looking for something to do during Presidents Day had the opportunity to swing by the Andover Community Center for some fun.

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Rep. Nolan West, R-Blaine, said he’s hopeful that legislation he’s chief-authoring about improvements to Highway 65 will receive a hearing at an upcoming Minnesota House Transportation Finance and Policy Division meeting, which will be 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 1, at Blaine City Hall, 10…

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Local teams ranging from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office to senior living specialists will literally go jump in the lake to support the Special Olympics this weekend.