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Continued: North metro town briefs: Halloween events ramp up in Anoka this weekend

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  • Last update: October 22, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Coon rapids

Ice center will host Halloween contests Sunday

Kids will have a chance to skate in their Halloween costumes this Sunday, Oct. 27, during an event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, as well as for a coloring/drawing contest and a “guess the candy” contest. The on-ice costume contest will take place at 7 p.m.

Admission is $4 for students and senior citizens, $5 for other adults, and free for kids 5 and under with a paying adult. The ice center is located at 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd., Coon Rapids.

Robbinsdale Schools

KA-BOOM! is coming to Cooper High School

The Robbinsdale Cooper High School Marching Band will present “KA-BOOM!” on Friday, Nov. 1, at the high school in New Hope. The performance will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature music from Cirque du Soleil’s adventure show, “KA.”

The Shady Oak Groove Society also will perform, the new Cooper High School Color Guard will appear, and WCCO-TV personality Jason DeRusha will be master of ceremonies.

All proceeds will support the Cooper band, the Marching Hawks. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Seating is general admission. To order tickets, go to or call 763-504-8543.

The high school is located at 8230 47th Av. N., New Hope.

Columbia Heights

Schools, nonprofit host Internet safety session

Columbia Heights Public Schools Community Education will partner with the Jacob Wetterling Foundation to host an“Internet and Cell Safety 101” workshop early next month.

The free event is designed for parents, caregivers and teachers. It will include information and prevention tips on cyberbullying, sexting and online exploitation of youth.

The event will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 100 of the Columbia Heights Public Schools Family Center, 1460 49th Av. NE. The presentation, interpreting and child care are free; however, please call to request child care or interpreting at 763-528-4423.

School board approves $3.3 million expansion

The Columbia Heights School Board approved a $3.3 million ­expansion and remodel of Valley View Elementary School.

Superintendent Kathy Kelly proposed the project because of enrollment increases, safety and special-education facility needs. Valley View was built in 1959 and was designed to accommodate 460 students. Current enrollment is more than 550. Enrollment jumped 10 percent in one year. Demographic projections call for 600 students at the school within three years.

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  • Costumed kids took part in a recent Halloween parade along Main Street in Anoka. This year’s Big Parade of Little People will start at 1:15 p.m. Friday. Another big Halloween parade, the Grand Day Parade, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. (see below).

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