Twin Cities north metro town briefs

  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Anoka County

Community college adds pharmacy degree

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is now offering a Pharmacy Technician associate in science degree.

The college added the program to meet the credentialing that industry experts predict will be required in the near future.

The required general education courses for the new degree program can be taken at either the Cambridge or Coon Rapids campus but the program-specific classes are held in Cambridge.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both our students and business partners in the Cambridge area,” said Natasha Baer, associate dean of educational services, in a statement. “The addition of this program provides more flexible training options that lead to industry employment in a short amount of time.”

Applications for the Pharmacy Technician program for the fall 2014 semester will be accepted Feb. 1 through Feb. 28.

For more details visit

Two programs coming from Historical Society

Photographer Doug Ohman will give a presentation Thursday, Feb. 6, in Lino Lakes on his current project about Civil war monuments in Minnesota.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Chomonix Golf Course Clubhouse, 700 Aqua Lane, Lino Lakes. Ohman will talk about his work in looking for monuments in libraries, city parks, cemeteries and elsewhere.

The program is part of the Anoka County Historical Society’s Civil War Series. For further information, call 763-421-0600 or go to

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Historical Society will give a presentation titled “Safe for Democracy,” looking at daily life in Anoka County during World War I. The program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Northtown Library, 711 County Rd.10 NE in Blaine.

For further information, call 763-717-3267 or go to

Coon Rapids

50-year Snowflake celebration continues

This year’s 50th anniversary edition of Snowflake Days continues with a variety of activities through Feb. 16. So if you missed some of last week’s opening events, don’t worry: The North Stars Alumni hockey game, youth fishing tournament, Anoka County Polar Plunge and Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Pageant are still to come.

“After a quiet last three or four years, we’ve been really ambitious,” said Diane Buszta, event president. “Getting the North Stars players for the alumni game [Saturday at the Coon Rapids Ice Center] has gotten a lot of people excited. And wait till people see the ice bar we’ve built when it’s all lit up.”

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