North metro briefs

  • Updated: July 1, 2014 - 1:47 PM

A grand opening of a new artificial turf field at Lee Park in Robbinsdale will be held July 10.

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Parking ramp, skyway open at rail station

A new parking ramp and skyway serving the Northstar commuter rail station in Anoka have opened.

The three-level, 344-space parking ramp is just south of the 4th Avenue station. The 58-foot-long pedestrian overpass, with elevator, spans the platforms at the station.

The 13-month project cost $10.4 million.

More than half of the work was funded by federal money. The city and the Counties Transit Improvement Board contributed about $2 million each. The other $575,000 came from the Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority.

The $1.65 million skyway is the third pedestrian bridge on the 40-mile Northstar line. The others are at the Ramsey and Coon Rapids stations.

Home & Garden Tour set for Sunday, 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 or $15 on tour day. Advance and online sales will end Saturday, July 12, at 4 p.m. For information or to buy tickets, call 763-421-0600 or go to

Coon Rapids

Police, fire depts. offer safety camp

The Coon Rapids police and fire departments will hold a two-day safety camp this month for Coon Rapids students entering fourth and fifth grades this fall. The camp will take place July 22-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at Sand Creek Park, 1008 Northdale Blvd. Topics will include water, fire and electrical safety; basic first aid, and how to use 911.

The fee is $40, which covers supplies, a T-shirt, snacks and lunch, as well as transportation to and from the swimming pool. Scholarships are available for children in the free and reduced-price lunch program.

A registration form is available on the city website — Click on Community Events, then Safety Camp.

For further information, call the Coon Rapids Fire Department at 763-767-6429 or e-mail

Golden Valley

July 11 Golf Classic needs volunteers

The Golden Valley Golf Classic, a major fundraiser for the city fund that helps needy residents, needs volunteers who can greet and register players, monitor golf holes and register scores, help with refreshments, take photos and clean up. The classic is on July 11 at Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley and helpers will be needed from about 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., depending on responsibilities. For more information, contact Sandy Werts at or 763-512-2341.

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