Sheriff’s office to hold blood drive on Thursday
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 Thursday, Aug. 15, at the sheriff’s department, 13301 Hanson Blvd. N. in Andover.
Free entry to water park
Anoka County Parks and Recreation is offering free admission to Bunker Beach Water Park after 4 p.m. Thursday to celebrate 50 years of the county parks system.
Guests will receive free admission to Bunker Hills Regional Park and the water park from 4-7 p.m. Free entertainment will include Dazzling Dave, Yo-Yo Master and the band Shakedown.
Stepping Stone has new executive director
Kevin Martineau, a lifelong Minnesotan with a 30-year career in nonprofit organizations, was recently named executive director of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka. Stepping Stone provides shelter as well as support for people experiencing homelessness.
Martineau, who was appointed July 1, has previously served as executive director of Merrick Inc., Love Inc. of NW Ramsey County and the American Indian Family Center.
ST. ANTHONY VILLAGE
Police again offer Citizens Academy
The St. Anthony Village Police Department will conduct its annual citizens academy from Sept. 5 through Nov. 7. The academy is taught by full-time officers and offers people a chance to see the inner workings of the department. Topics will include patrol procedures, use of force/defensive tactics, K9/crime lab/SWAT and more. Classes will be held 6:30 to 10 p.m. each Thursday during the two months, except Oct. 31.
The academy is free. Participants must be at least 21 years old and live or work in St. Anthony, Falcon Heights or Lauderdale. Applicants must also submit to a background investigation and sign a waiver. For further information, contact Officer Tressa Sunde at 612-782-3371 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sgt. Jon Mangseth at 612-782-3366 or email@example.com.