North news briefs: Blaine soccer game will benefit food shelf

  • Updated: August 5, 2014 - 2:40 PM

Defender Tiago Calvano, left, and Minnesota United FC take on FC Edmonton on Saturday night at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The SACA Food Shelf will receive $5 for each ticket sold online for the match (using the promo code SACA).

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Soccer game will benefit food shelf

The SACA Food Shelf will receive $5 for each ticket bought online, using the promo code SACA, for this Saturday’s soccer game between Minnesota United and FC Edmonton. The link to buy tickets is Tickets are $15. The Aug. 9 game begins at 7 p.m. at the National Sports Center, 1700 105th Av. NE., Blaine. SACA — Southern Anoka Community Assistance — says it will be getting together between 4 and 4:30 p.m. for tailgating.


Police dog retires after 700 calls

Blaine Police K-9 Gunner, who with his handler, Officer Greg Rowe, responded to more than 700 calls, has retired. The German shepherd was imported from Slovakia, and put in 6½ years of service. He retires at age 8 and will remain with his handler. The City Council recognized his service on July 10.

Brooklyn Center

Ruffed Grouse Society banquet set

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its annual Habitat Banquet on Aug. 20 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center.

Proceeds will be used to enhance habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 7. It will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes.

Individual membership and dinner tickets are $85. There is also a membership and spouse package for $135 that includes two dinners, as well as a junior membership and dinner ticket for $45 (17 and under).

For more information or to buy tickets, call Tim Tordoff at 605-670-8360.

Forest Lake

Highway project done, board signs off

The Washington County Board has approved changes to the Broadway Avenue “mega project” in Forest Lake, bringing the total project cost to $18.9 million.

Construction began in 2011, with most of it completed in 2012. Work to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act and bridge deck was completed last fall, and landscaping was finished in June.

The project rebuilt Broadway Avenue, or County Road 2, through Forest Lake, and included a new bridge over Interstate 35E, a County Road 83 overpass and a “backage” road on the north side of the new road to serve area businesses. It also included biking and walking bridges in downtown Forest Lake to carry Hardwood Creek Regional Trail users.

Money for the project came from the federal government, county bond sale proceeds and the city of Forest Lake.

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