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Epiphany Catholic School in Coon Rapids hosted a STEM carnival Feb. 22 to teach about science, technology, engineering and math.

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Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park schools were closed Jan. 28 due to heavy snow and remained closed through Jan. 31 due to extreme cold. ABC Newspapers' Facebook followers submitted these photos.

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Area children and city royalty from around the region competed in a children’s pumpkin carving contest Saturday, Oct. 20, in Akin Riverside Park in Anoka. The event was part of the Anoka Halloween festivities, which take place throughout the month of October. The Grande Day Parade is 1-3 p.m…

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Fire Prevention Week activities by the Coon Rapids Fire Department Oct. 7-13 featured presentations at elementary schools in Coon Rapids during the week and open houses at the city’s three fire stations Saturday.

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Festivities kicked off last weekend in the Halloween Capital of the World. The second annual giant pumpkin weigh-off outside Anoka City Hall Oct. 7 featured pumpkins over 1,000 pounds, as well as a variety of activities, such as a scarecrow contest, an adult pumpkin decorating contest and li…

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Hundreds of motorcycles paraded through Anoka Aug. 23 as part of the national Legacy Run put on by the American Legion Riders, who “ride for the kids.”

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The Anoka Police Department hosted its second annual Cookout with the Cops event Aug. 21 in Sunny Acres Park. The clouds parted, and the sun came out in the evening. An estimated 350 people stopped by the event, intended to foster connections among neighbors and between the community and pol…

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Approximately 110 children between ages 5 and 15 participated in the annual CAST (Community And Sheriff Together) Fishing event at Lake George Regional Park in Oak Grove Aug. 3.

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Despite the periodic drizzle, crowds showed up for the inaugural Minnesota Soda Festival at the Blue Sun Soda Shop in Spring Lake Park Aug. 4. Booths were set up to serve samples of a variety of craft sodas for 25 cents a pour. Entertainment also included inflatable mini golf, a magician, fo…

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In its 23rd year, Coon Rapids Safety Camp brought together approximately 90 fourth- and fifth-graders to equip them with the knowledge they need to keep themselves and others safe.

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The Anoka County Fair kicked off Tuesday, July 24, and runs through Sunday, July 29, at the Anoka County Fairgrounds in Anoka. For more information about the fair, visit anokacountyfair.com.

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“I want to be an artist when I grow up,” a young girl sighed after showing Rumriver Art Center Director Larry Weinberg her watercolor painting during the second annual Elmcrest Art Fair July 15.

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Between the rain drops, Anoka residents and visitors to the city enjoyed a free band concert, food truck fare and root beer floats this Fourth of July.

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Sometimes, halos look like hair nets, according to William McNally, a former employee at Commers Water in Blaine and founder and executive director of Harvest Pack, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry locally.

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Carnival rides, pig races and more drew crowds to the Blaine Festival June 22-24. The annual event took place in Aquatore Park in Blaine. On June 23, the sun shown on the nearby parade route. Live bands performed each evening.

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It was clear the children at the Washington/Anoka County Head Start center in Coon Rapids had gathered June 14 to honor the American Flag. Red, white and blue appeared everywhere – on hats, on doorways and on the minds of parents and children gathered around the flagpole.

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Spring Lake Park’s annual Tower Days Festival kicked off with a parade June 7 and ended with a celebration in Lakeside Lions Park June 10. Attractions included lumberjack shows, water wars, carnival games and more.

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After a one-year hiatus due to a scheduling conflict with an air show in Duluth, Discover Aviation Days returned to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport June 2-3.

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After a thunderstorm rolled through Anoka County the afternoon of May 25, the sky cleared and the sun came out just in time for PACT Charter School’s graduation ceremony.

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A red oak tree was planted at Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts May 11 in recognition of Arbor Day. Anoka is in its 38th year as a member of the Tree City USA program. Trees have been planted at local schools and city parks over those years. The students learned some of the history of t…

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St. Francis High School hosted its second mock car crash, sponsored by the St. Francis Community for Drug Awareness group, May 10 in the parking lot west of the school.

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Approximately 735 people participated in Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation’s annual Bill Gallagher Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk for Literacy at Anoka High School April 28, just shy of the record set in 2016.

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It is not every day that firefighters can train on how to extinguish a fire and do search and rescue in a real home, when the scenarios are just for practice and not actual emergencies.

While on a training exercise at an abandoned home in northern Blaine, firefighters with the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department were called to a real-life house fire scenario in southern Blaine.

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The Anoka Women of Today hosted an Easter egg hunt March 24 at the Anoka Senior Center. After the hunt, families participated in crafts and games and had a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

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Approximately 250 children traipsed through the snow to gather 6,000 Easter eggs scattered in Spring Lake Park’s Lakeside Lions Park March 24.

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One of the first signs of spring in the area is the North Artists Studio Crawl, and this will mark the 21st consecutive year that artists from the north suburban area collaborate to open their studios to the public for a free, self-guided tour.