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Continued: North news briefs: Anoka home and garden tour scheduled for July 14

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  • Last update: June 25, 2013 - 1:53 PM

2 programs aim to aid business growth

Coon Rapids is offering two new economic development programs to stimulate business growth in the community.

The city will provide technical assistance to current and prospective business owners, as well as information on financing for businesses.

“Open to Business” provides entrepreneurs with free one-on-one counseling with a business adviser. The program provides assistance in financial management, loan packaging, business planning, real estate analysis, marketing, navigating regulations and professional referrals.

For more information, contact Rob Smolund at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers at 612-789-7337, ext. 11 or e-mail

Meanwhile, a new partnership between Coon Rapids and the Central Minnesota Development Company (CMDC) offers financing options for projects that help achieve city development goals. The Coon Rapids Business Loan Fund is designed to leverage other private financing for projects in the city’s industrial areas and along established commercial corridors and redevelopment areas.

For information on the Coon Rapids Business Loan Fund, contact Mike Mulrooney at CMDC at 763-784-3337. For general information, visit


49er Days are coming this weekend

The city’s annual 49er Days celebration begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Medtronic Rice Creek Campus, at 7000 Old Central Av. 49ers Days continue with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A parade will take place Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Fridley High School. It will head west on 61st Avenue, then north on 7th Street, east on Mississippi St., south on Able, and back to the high school.

Other events scheduled over the weekend are street dances, a pizza eating contest, a pie-baking contest, a hot rod show, a Fridley Idol contest and more.

The festival carnival will take place from 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For further information, go to


Prostate cancer group meets June 26

A prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3435 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale.

Medical technologist Charles Weinzierl will report on a new development in detecting and categorizing prostate cancer. The Prostate Health Index analyzes genetic and molecular structures of the prostate to determine the extent and aggressiveness of the cancer.

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  • This 1977 home on Benton Street in Anoka was designed for entertaining. It’s one of the historic sites and gardens included in the 10th annual Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Details are at left.

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