Blaine

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.

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Population:

57,186

County:

Anoka

ZIP Codes:

55014, 55434, 55449

Incorporated

1877

Mayor:

Tom Ryan

City Manager:

Clark Arneson

City Hall:

10801 Town Square Dr. NE., Blaine, MN 55449

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2 lawyers disciplined for professional misconduct, one for sex with client

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 9 2014 - 6:42 PM

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 professional misconduct.The decisions were...

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

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 1:54 PM

Kids can step off the sidelines and into the action at Blaine’s first Kids Triathlon.Buoyed the success of the city’s adult triathlon, which made its debut in 2012 and is held each May,...

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

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 1:52 PM

Ross Eichele rarely gets nervous when he has to speak in front of a crowd. For him, it’s a fun challenge, trying to “hook” an audience.He’s the speech and debate coach at...

Twin Cities north metro town briefs:

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 25 2014 - 1:06 PM

Anoka CountyNew gardeners invited to introductory classAnoka County Parks is offering a “Start Your Garden” program on Wednesday, April 23, at Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes. Topics...

Busiest Anoka County library branch gets facelift

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 11 2014 - 12:29 PM

Anoka County Library’s busiest branch will get a million-dollar makeover.The Northtown branch in Blaine will close for several months starting on March 17. When it reopens in June, patrons can...

Blaine High debate team wins prizes at Harvard competition

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 25 2014 - 1:46 PM

A group of Blaine High School debaters competing for the first time at Harvard’s annual Presidents’ Day tournament won a top prize for new competitors.The Harvard National High School...

Blaine City Council approves plan for new Wal-Mart

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 18 2014 - 3:00 PM

The Blaine City Council has approved preliminary plans for Wal-Mart to build a 24-hour superstore near the corner of Ball Road and Lexington Avenue.Council chambers were packed for the session last...

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

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 13 2014 - 11:33 AM

Anoka-Hennepin schoolchildren won’t make up any of the district’s five cold-weather cancellations.The Anoka-Hennepin School Board announced its decision this week. The district has enough...

Wal-Mart reps, homeowners spar over proposed store site

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 1:32 PM

A two-lane road with a roundabout would be the sole way into and out of a proposed 183,000-square-foot Wal-Mart superstore in Blaine.The store would be located on a 27-acre pocket of land between...

Andover keeps prime sites green forever

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 14 2014 - 3:24 PM

It’s a choice piece of Andover real estate with wooded, scenic bluffs along the Rum River that the deer, hikers and cross-country skiers will never lose to development.The 38-acre parcel,...

Blaine baby is 2014’s first

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 1 2014 - 9:43 PM

Blaine resident Lissa Clair went into labor Tuesday morning while shopping for New Year’s Eve munchies. Confident that her New Year’s Eve plans had changed, she abandoned her shopping...

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

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 18 2013 - 8:37 AM

Blaine is finally getting its Vikings stadium, but not in the way it once hoped.The city — considered a potential stadium destination in 2006, until the team and Anoka County dissolved their...

Artists warm to 'Winter in Minnesota' in Blaine exhibit

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 10 2013 - 3:02 PM

Sarah Filipi, a photographer who lives in Blaine, tends to hole up during the colder months, but recently she’s felt inspired to get outside and bring her camera.She owes that to the...

2nd time is charm for police: Suspect in Blaine bank heist apprehended again

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 20 2013 - 9:03 AM

They had her. They let her go. Now they have her again – but not before she fled on a Greyhound bus from Minneapolis to the West Coast and then entered Mexico, only to be lured back to the...

E-cig shops taking hold in the Twin Cities suburbs

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 10 2013 - 12:18 AM

Anthony Haugen kicked his smoking habit five years ago. But a business opportunity lured him back, and he’s now selling and puffing on the new smoking alternative: electronic cigarettes.Haugen...

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

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 29 2013 - 8:40 PM

They had her. And they let her go.A St. Paul woman suspected of robbing a TCF Bank branch inside a Blaine grocery store was placed in detox south of the metro area that same evening, only to be let...

Police ID Blaine bank robber, thanks to clear surveillance image; suspect still at large

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 28 2013 - 10:57 AM

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 she can be located.Thanks to a...

Charges: Duo's 2-day spree nets $37K in fancy eyeglass frames from metro stores

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 25 2013 - 8:36 PM

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 with the stolen goods in their vehicle,...

Woman robs Blaine bank, leaves clear image of her face

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 24 2013 - 9:58 PM

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 before slipping into a getaway vehicle and driving off with her cohort,...

The changing face of Anoka County

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 15 2013 - 2:16 PM

The Metropolitan Council forecasts an additional 900,000 residents in the Twin Cities region by the year 2040, according to a preliminary report it released last month.Many areas throughout the metro...

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