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North Metro
August 29, 2014
Authorities investigated an officer-involved shooting outside the Learning Lodge Day Care Center in Ramsey.

Police shoot, kill armed man outside day-care center in Ramsey

The man was shot as he ran away from a reported "suspicious vehicle" parked outside the Learning Lodge. No one inside was hurt.
North Metro
July 8, 2014

Blaine library to reopen after $1 million renovation

Anoka County Library's Northtown branch closed in March for a makeover. Doors open again on July 14.
July 6, 2014
Kindergarten teacher Meggie Martin changed rooms at Minneapolis’ Fraser Academy, a special-needs school on an 11-month calendar.

Summer is already over for some kids

A widespread shift in start dates is bringing an end to the times when kids all returned to school on the same day in Minnesota. Although the bulk of schools still begin classes the day after Labor Day, close to 40 districts and more than one-third of the state's 150 charter schools start beforehand.
North Metro
April 29, 2014

Blaine to create 500-acre nature preserve

The city's goal is to open some trails by the fall of 2015 and build a nature center by 2020.
West Metro
April 10, 2014

Blaine, Maple Grove lawyers disciplined for misconduct

The Minnesota Supreme Court this week ordered the disbarment of an attorney from Blaine and the indefinite suspension of an attorney from Maple Grove for…
North Metro
April 8, 2014

Blaine adds a July triathlon for kids to its May event for adults

Buoyed the success of the adult triathlon held each May, the city decided to add a kids' event in July.
North Metro
April 8, 2014

Does debate matter? Just ask Blaine High School teacher Ross Eichele

Blaine High School teacher Ross Eichele reflects on the importance of forensic skills and his experience as a debate coach.
North Metro
March 25, 2014
New Hope Parks and Recreation will offer a four-session beginner’s fencing course for children ages 6 to 13 in April. Details are in the article bel

North news briefs: New gardeners invited to introductory class in Lino Lakes

Anoka County New gardeners invited to introductory class Anoka County Parks is offering a “Start Your Garden” program on Wednesday, April 23, at Wargo Nature…
North Metro
March 11, 2014
Northtown Library in Anoka County will close for three months to undergo a $1 milllion makeover. The makeover will include a new children’s section,

Busiest Anoka County library branch gets facelift

The Northtown branch in Blaine will be reconfigured to include additional computer terminals, a new teen space and an improved children's area.
North Metro
February 25, 2014

Blaine High debate team wins prizes at Harvard competition

Competing at Harvard, the team won an award given to the highest performing new school at the national contest.
North Metro
February 20, 2014

Blaine City Council approves plan for new Wal-Mart

The City Council approved plans, with some modifications, at a packed meeting marked by neighborhood opposition.
February 14, 2014

No make-up days for Anoka-Hennepin students after weather closings

Anoka-Hennepin Schools has enough padding in its existing calendar to avoid makeup days.
North Metro
January 28, 2014

Wal-Mart reps, homeowners spar over proposed store site

Residents argue that a 24-hour store would more than quadruple traffic and ruin the neighborhood.
North Metro
January 15, 2014

Andover keeps prime sites green forever

The city is helping Minnesota be a leader in land preservation by buying and preserving valuable parcels.
North Metro
January 2, 2014
Danielle Leebens was born early Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

Blaine baby is 2014's first; mom rushed out of Wal-Mart to give birth

Danielle Marie Leebens was born 19 minutes after midnight on New Year's Day. Her parents used a bracket system to pick her name.
West Metro
December 18, 2013
The Metrodome will soon be demolished to make way for a new 65,000-seat football stadium.

Blaine to get its fill of stadium – acres and acres of dirt

Blaine is finally getting its Vikings stadium, but not in the way it once hoped. The city — considered a potential stadium destination in 2006,…
December 11, 2013
Steve Johnson, owner of Little Havana Tobacco in Anoka, used an electronic cigarette. E-cigs heat liquid nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor tha

Nov. 10: E-cig shops taking hold in Twin Cities suburbs

Electronic cigarettes have become increasingly available in the metro area, part of a growing industry that so far is relatively unfettered by regulations.
North Metro
December 10, 2013
Sarah Filipi, of Blaine, captured this black-and-white photograph of stark, leafless trees on a snow-covered golf course.

Artists warm to 'Winter in Minnesota' in Blaine exhibit

Or photograph it. A winter art exhibit is warmly embraced in its fourth year at the Blaine City Hall.
South Metro
November 20, 2013
Authorities released this picture of a woman wanted for robbing a bank in Blaine. They say she is Shawna M. Pearson, who has been charged.

2nd time is charm for police: Blaine bank heist suspect caught again

Authorities have arrested a woman suspected of robbing a TCF Bank branch inside a Blaine grocery store who that evening was placed in detox south of the metro, only to be let go.
North Metro
October 29, 2013
This woman robbed a TCF Bank branch in Blaine.

Blaine bank robbery suspect first in detox, now on the run

Blaine bank robbery suspect was released before authorities learned she was wanted.
North Metro
October 28, 2013
This woman robbed a TCF Bank branch in Blaine.

Police ID Blaine bank robber thanks to clear surveillance image

Blaine police said Monday they are so confident that they know who robbed a TCF Bank branch last week that they are seeking charges against the woman even before they locate her.
South Metro
October 25, 2013

Charges: Duo's 2-day spree nets $37K in stolen eyeglass frames

A thieving duo from California roamed the Twin Cities and swiped more than $37,000 in high-end eyeglass frames until they were pulled over and caught…
North Metro
October 24, 2013
This woman robbed a TCF Bank branch in Blaine.

Woman robs Blaine bank, leaves clear image of her face

A woman presented a note, robbed a Blaine bank and then left behind a very clear image on a bank camera of her dour face…
North Metro
October 15, 2013

Anoka County cities will react to population growth differently

The Met Council's preliminary forecasts for the next several decades show Anoka County growing to more than 415,000 residents.
North Metro
September 25, 2013
During the visit to Normandy, Ron Hustvedt and Matti Martin went to the town of Périers where Virgil Tangborn has been immortalized in a statute. Tan

For Blaine senior, WWII study leads to Normandy trip

The high school student and her former teacher paid tribute to a Minnesota soldier who died during the famous invasion.