North news briefs: Home & Garden Tour set for July 13

  • Updated: June 24, 2014 - 1:49 PM


Home & Garden Tour set for July 13

The annual tour of historic homes and gardens in Anoka will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13. This year’s tour focuses on homes near the Mississippi River east of the Rum River. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the tour. Advance and online sales will end Saturday, July 12, at 4 p.m. For information or to buy tickets, go to or call 763-421-0600.

Anoka county

Applications being taken for deer hunt

Anoka County Parks will hold controlled archery deer hunts at three of its parks this fall.

Hunters may apply now to participate in the hunts, which will take place at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Bunker Hills Regional Park and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. An aerial deer survey conducted in 2013-14 showed large deer populations, with 143 deer seen around Rice Creek, 90 in Bunker Hills and 49 by the Coon Rapids Dam. The county says high, uncontrolled deer populations exceed the carrying capacity of the land and create public safety concerns, including car-deer collisions.

To be eligible to hunt, participants must complete a one-time-only bow hunter education course, submit an application and signed hunt program rules, attend a pre-hunt orientation, and pay the $15 program fee.

Applications are available at


Event celebrates park upgrade

A ribbon-cutting at 6:30 p.m. today, June 25, will celebrate the completion of Phase II of improvements at Andrews Park, 7200 117th Av. N.

Phase II created a splash pad; a new, larger picnic shelter, and a remodeled building for parks and recreation programs. The city hopes to begin Phase III — work on the softball complex — in August, pending council approval of a contractor.

columbia heights

Coming Saturday: ‘Heights Idol,’ Part II

The second round of the Heights Idol music competition will be held Saturday, June 28, as part of the Columbia Heights Jamboree, the city’s annual festival (see festivals calendar below). The Idol singers will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage of Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St., Columbia Heights.

coon rapids

This class is a natural: Yoga in the park

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