Hazardous-waste collection on Saturday

Anoka County will collect hazardous-waste from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rum River Elementary School parking lot in Andover.

Residents of six counties will be able to dispose of such things as leftover paint, household cleaners, fluorescent bulbs and automotive fluids at no charge. The items must be secured so they don’t tip over or leak.

Among items that will not be accepted are appliances, asbestos, batteries, electronics, garbage, medications, medical sharps (such as needles and syringes) and tires.

Driver’s license or other proof of residence will be needed. The event is open to residents of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties. It is not open to businesses, organizations and schools.

The school is at 16950 Verdin St. NW., Andover. For further information, call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management at 763-323-5730.

north metro

Training offered in Braille transcription

Classes on transcribing reading materials into Braille will be offered at Volunteer Braille Services in Golden Valley, starting with an informational meeting on Sept. 17. Weekly instruction will begin the following week.

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certification in Literary Braille Transcribing from the Library of Congress. For more information or to sign up, call Volunteer Braille Services at 763-544-2880 or e-mail All training materials and equipment are free.

Coon Rapids

Instructors sought for city classes

The City of Coon Rapids is seeking people to coordinate and teach new recreation, leisure and specialty classes for youth or adults. Classes may focus on arts and crafts, sports, technology and other subjects. Instructors must be 18 years or older.

The city has several parks and recreation facilities to accommodate instruction. Contact Ryan Gunderson, Recreation Coordinator, at 763-767-6513 or e-mail


New Wal-Mart opens on Ulysses Street

A new Wal-Mart store opened last week in Blaine at 11505 Ulysses St. NE.

The store, open 24 hours a day, will provide about 300 jobs. It offers groceries, general merchandise and pharmacy services.

“We are very excited for the opening of our new Wal-Mart,” Mayor Tom Ryan said in a news release. “Wal-Mart has great prices on groceries for our residents, will create new jobs and is a great addition to our tax base.”


City Council meetings will start earlier

Fridley City Council meetings will now start at 7 p.m. In July, the council passed a resolution moving up the meeting times; they used to start at 7:30 p.m. For further information, contact Roberta Collins, administrative assistant to the city manager, at roberta. or 763-572-3500.


Prostate cancer group will meet Aug. 28

A free prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3435 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale. Dr. Sidney P. Walker, a body radiologist, will discuss developments in imaging technologies that provide location, prevalence and aggressiveness of existing and potential cancer cells. Snacks will be served, and wives and friends are welcome. For further information, call 612-388-3588.

Early Childhood Open House slated

Robbinsdale Area Schools invites all families with children from birth through 5 years of age to our Early Childhood Open House on Thursday, Aug. 22 at New Hope Learning Center, 8301 47th Av., from 6-7:30 p.m.

Meet with staff to learn about the many learning opportunities available.

All-class reunion coming in October

Former students, staff, teachers and community leaders associated with Robbinsdale High School from 1936 until its closing in 1984 are invited to attend an all-school reunion Oct. 18-20.

Events include an Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday, a dance at the Medina Ballroom Saturday night, and a car show and pancake breakfast Sunday.

Visit or call Mark Sorenson at 612-669-0082 for more details.

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