North news briefs: Andover plans community garage sales in May

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2013 - 2:13 PM

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City plans community garage sales in May

Andover will host its fourth annual citywide garage sale May 16-18.

The city will advertise the event on its website, on Craig’s List and other free sites.

Maps of participating garage sales will be available by May 15 on the city’s website and at City Hall, 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW. To have your garage included on the map free of charge, return a completed form to city hall by May 10. Forms are available at

Coinciding with the event, the Andover Community Center, 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW, will host a one-day indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18. Booth registration runs from $20 to $60. Those forms can also be found on the city’s website.

The Salvation Army will collect any unsold household items as donations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 19 in the community center parking lot.


Park/sports complex is on the horizon

Andover is wrapping up plans for a new park and sports field complex to be started this summer near Tulip Street and 161st Avenue.

The city bought nearly 40 acres from Legacy Christian Academy, formerly Meadow Creek Christian School, for $305,000, said City Administrator Jim Dickinson.

The site will be graded, an irrigation system will be installed and grass will be planted this summer for three large, lighted fields to be used for soccer, lacrosse and football, said Public Works Director Todd Haas. He said the fields should be ready for play in the spring of 2015. The city plans to have a 150-spot parking lot.

Dickinson said the park will be developed over 10 years as reserve funds and other revenues are available. He said about a third of the site is wetlands, where a nature trail is planned. Picnic facilities will be installed near a stand of pine trees. The plan includes a play area, sand volleyball court, boardwalk, sliding hill, disc golf holes and a concession building with restrooms.

The total cost could approach $3 million for what is now called “Forty Acre Park,” Dickinson said.



Bike helmet sale and fitting session set

The city of Blaine’s Safety Services Division will sell bike helmets and host a fitting session from 4 to 8 p.m. May 7 at city hall, 10801 Town Square Dr. NE. Bell bike helmets, which comply with federal safety standards, will be available for $13 each in sizes ranging from toddler to adult. City safety staff will help fit helmets.

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