Split between Anoka and Ramsey counties, it's home to the National Sports Center. Its proximity to Interstate Hwy 35W, U.S. Hwy 10 and Minnesota Hwy 65 has bolstered growth.

West Metro
July 22

Oak Grove man dies after tree falls on him

An Oak Grove man died Monday when a tree fell on him.The accident happened about 10:30 a.m. in the 22000 block of Drake St. NW.…
West Metro
May 22

Jean Gilmore, longtime crossing guard for Anoka-Hennepin School District, dies of heart failure at 68

Jean Gilmore was one of the longest-tenured crossing guards in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. For 31 years, she safely guided several generations of families across…
North Metro
July 13, 2018
Eagle Brook Church staff members check up on the new auditorium being built at the congregation’s Blaine campus, a 22,000-square-foot addition.

Eagle Brook Church renovates, expands Blaine campus

A 22,000-square-foot addition will nearly double number of seats at the church's Blaine facility.
West Metro
June 2, 2018
A 3- acre parcel of land on Nowthen Boulevard NW at 170th Avenue is where a new elementary school will be built in Ramsey.

Anoka-Hennepin, Minnesota's largest school district, begins work on its biggest construction project ever

Voters approved $249 million to expand or renovate all of the district's schools.
West Metro
May 6, 2018
Kim Nelson, assistant principal at Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, left, discussed a map of proposed school boundary changes with parent Anita Carline

Twin Cities school districts reshuffle boundaries amid growth

From Anoka-Hennepin to Wayzata, crowded districts drawing new borders.
December 9, 2017
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, shown in 2015, supported a bike-pedestrian safety proposal.

Property taxes, homeowners' voices are rising across Twin Cities

Double-digit percentage hikes that had drawn complaints in St. Paul are popping up in the suburbs, too.
North Metro
November 23, 2017
Skaters enjoyed the ice during an open skate at the National Sports Center's Ramsey County Arena inside the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.

Sports Center has a $250 million plan – and concerns about whether it will pay off

A sudden surge of sprawling suburban sports behemoths nationwide is creating a tricky competitive environment.
North Metro
February 23, 2017
“I see this as an investment to stop the revolving door.”
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart, announcing the new opioid addiction plan.

Anoka County piloting innovative treatment of jail inmates on heroin

Addicted inmates will be offered a prescription drug that lessens their cravings in hopes of focusing on their recovery once they're released.
February 16, 2016
Tom Nickerson, left, and Grant Sparks enjoyed tailgating at the Vikings home opener at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday September 20, 2015 in Minneapolis.

Vikings scramble for tailgating space around new stadium

The team has only 125 guaranteed spots for tailgating across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, but needs 500 to 800. Many of the additional spots on private lots may be quite a distance away.
February 9, 2016

Minnesota gaming dollars, e-tabs are rising

Charitable gaming in Minnesota jumped by 10 percent in one year’s time, with north metro nonprofits — and cities that take a cut of the…
East Metro
December 26, 2015
AWARDED $1 million grant: The Raymond Flats project, just off University Avenue in St. Paul, is one of the east metro projects aided by Metropolitan C

Affordable units in Blaine near $400K homes get Met Council subsidies

Grants go to controversial Habitat for Humanity homes in Blaine, but also to market-rate housing units in poor parts of St. Paul.
West Metro
October 23, 2015

Mother who caused Amber Alert facing criminal charge

Anoka woman who lost custody took toddler from day care.
North Metro
October 10, 2015
Men filled the street outside the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Columbia Heights following a mid-afternoon prayer and meeting.

Muslims mobilize to build mosques, schools in suburbs

They draw strength from 'divine law' – and American values.
East Metro
September 12, 2015
The project will reconstruct I-694 between Rice Street and Lexington Avenue. Work will take place in Arden Hills, Shoreview and Little Canada.

$42 million I-694 project will open blocked artery

Work starts on I-694 next year, but there's an open house in Shoreview this month to prepare folks for what's coming.
North Metro
September 9, 2015

Violating residency rules 'a big deal,' state's chief justice says

Anoka County District Judge Alan Pendleton got a stern reception from Minnesota Supreme Court justices Tuesday at a hearing over charges that he violated judicial residency rules and tried to conceal it.
North Metro
August 25, 2015
Sisters and heart transplant recipients Sydney Rippy, 6, and Madison Rippy, 9, are going into kindergarten and third grade.

Blaine sisters with heart transplants start school

Sydney and Madison Rippy received heart transplants three years apart. Now, Sydney will be joining her big sis in school.
North Metro
August 19, 2015
Anoka County-Blaine Airport has seen a spike in landings and takeoffs. Officials said that’s a sign of a better economy, as aviators are more inclin

Busy Blaine airport readies 'biggest' project yet for upgrades

Amid an improving economy, takeoffs and landings are up, and upgrades are ahead.
North Metro
August 18, 2015

Anoka County-Blaine airport will host regional Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association fly-in this weekend

Event is expected to draw hundreds for air show, floatplane rides.
West Metro
August 14, 2015

Twin Cities police see catalytic converter thefts on the rise

West metro police departments caught two suspects last month who they say stole 200 catalytic converters across the metro.
North Metro
July 29, 2015
Backyard chickens have been allowed in Minneapolis for several years.

Blaine takes up proposal for backyard chickens

The city soon could join others in the north metro in allowing backyard chickens.
West Metro
July 8, 2015
Lyle "Ty" Hoffman is serving a 25½ year sentence for killing his former lover and business partner. Corrections officials say his anticipated date of

Ty Hoffman, who killed former lover, pleads guilty to bank robbery

The robbery occurred while Hoffman was on the run after fatally shooting his former domestic partner at an Arden Hills gas station.
North Metro
June 4, 2015

Blaine woman allegedly killed boyfriend, had daughter mop up blood

Artiesha Love is accused of killing Gregory Stewart during a fight. Two young girls in the apartment at the time were not hurt.
North Metro
April 21, 2015

At Alexandra House, abuse victims find strength and support in writing

The new program at the Alexandra House in Blaine helps people heal and connect with those who've had similar experiences.
North Metro
March 17, 2015
Thanks to a strong community-guided effort, enough money has been raised to repair the velodrome in Blaine — the state’s only such track — and e

Velodrome's racing life extended as funds roll in

After repairs to the facility are made, 2019 will become the final season at the Blaine track.
Stage & Arts
March 3, 2015
Senior and teacher’s assistant Melanie Zupancich held an adaptive device so that sophomore Zach Benidt could deliver lines during a rehearsal. Parap

Tech helps Blaine special-ed students expand theatrical range

Advances in technology have expanded the possibilities for special needs students who stage an annual theater production at Blaine High School.