The "Ghosts of Anoka" walking tour presented by the Anoka County Historical Society is well into its 2012 season. Tours are available on Thursdays and Saturdays during the first and third full week of each month through October.
They begin at 7:30 p.m. at the History Center, 2135 3rd Av. N., Anoka. Advance tickets are required; they cost $7 for adults, $5 for children, and $5 for Historical Society members. They can be bought at the History Center or by calling 763-421-0600.
A large-scale, multi-agency emergency drill is scheduled for Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, to provide training for Anoka County fire, law enforcement, first responders. The drill will help the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Northstar Commuter Rail in meeting Federal Railroad Association training requirements.
It will take place on the grounds of the Federal Cartridge Co. in Anoka and involve about 350 people -- controllers, evaluators, role players and responders -- to simulate a crisis situation involving freight and commuter trains.
The city is taking applications for the 2012 Citizens Academy, an introduction to the work of Blaine public safety agencies.
Academy classes, each three hours long, will meet Wednesday evenings from Sept. 5 to Oct. 24. Topics include criminal investigations, police use-of-force, firefighting skills, code compliance and crime prevention.
Participants will take part in a simulated traffic stop and in an exercise to remove an injured person from a car damaged in a traffic crash, and will learn how firefighters train for their jobs.
Enrollment is limited to people who live or work in the city. For more information, go to startribune.com/a1370 or call 763-785-6184.
A free prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday, June 27, at North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3435 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale.
Prostate cancer survivor Jack Bureau will speak, talking about his successful battle with the disease while shunning traditional surgery and radiation therapies.
Wives and friends are welcome and snacks will be served. For further information, call 612-388-3588.