Twin Cities North metro town briefs: LGBTQ Youth Pride celebration is Aug. 13 in Coon Rapids

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 3:29 PM

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LGBTQ Youth Pride celebration is Aug. 13

The third annual Anoka LGBTQ Youth Pride celebration will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Coon Rapids.

The event, which is open to everyone, will include raffles, food, beverages, kickball, theater games, face-painting and more. Though most of the activities will be focused on middle school- and high school-age youth, all ages are welcome.

The event stems from Justin’s Gift, created to establish safe environments and a bully-free zone for young people. For more information, go to or


Sheriff’s office to hold blood drive Aug. 15

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a blood drive as part of Memorial Blood Centers’ Battle of the Badges event.

Fire and law enforcement agencies across the metro are helping to promote blood donation.

The blood drive will be from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the sheriff’s department, 13301 Hanson Blvd. N. in Andover.

To schedule a blood donation, sign up online at and enter sponsor code 3820, or contact Kelly Haigh at 763-323-5020 or

Bunker Stampede 5K registration starts

Registration is open for the 7th Annual 5K Bunker Stampede, a 5K race through Bunker Hills Regional Park starting at 7 a.m. on Sept. 14.

There will also be a kids’ fun run.

Participants who sign up by Aug. 23 will receive a technical race T-shirt.

This year Anoka County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Up Tempo Races to provide professional race timing.

For questions, call 763-757-3920. For information or to register online, go to


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