Anoka County

Residents urged to test well water

Anoka County residents who rely on private wells are urged to test the safety of their water supply.

The county and participating cities and townships are sponsoring the 15th annual "Well Water Wise" (3W) event.

County residents may pick up a well-water test kit at participating city and township offices or at the Environmental Services Unit, Suite 360 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Av., Anoka.

Water samples can be submitted to the county's Environmental Services Unit for analysis every Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon.

During 3W week, May 5-9, samples can be submitted from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The testing kit includes details about water collection and submission. A laboratory fee of $30 will be charged for coliform-bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen analysis. The lab can also provide analyses for arsenic, lead, fluoride, iron, chloride and total hardness.

The testing of private wells used for drinking water is the responsibility of individual owners. There are an estimated 25,000 private wells in service throughout Anoka County. Annual testing is recommended.

Participating cities, townships and agencies are: Andover, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Columbus, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey, St. Francis and Anoka Conservation District.

For more information about well-water testing, call the Environmental Services Unit at 763-422-7063.


Recycling drop-off is set for Saturday

Spring recycling drop-off day for the city of Anoka is Saturday, April 26. Residents can bring recyclables to the city's Public Services Facility at 501 Pierce St. between 8 a.m. and noon.

Accepted items include clothing, household appliances, bicycles, batteries, cellphones, scrap metal and other materials. The city will take car seats, TVs, mattresses and tires for a fee.

For further information, call 763-576-2725.


Anoka County to hold 4-H Clover Dash

Anoka County will hold its fourth annual 4-H Clover Dash on Saturday, April 26, at Bunker Hills Regional Park in Andover.

Runners and walkers, youth and adults can participate in the 5K Fun Run/Walk and 2-mile walk. All proceeds will go toward supporting 4-H Youth Development programs and scholarships.

The first three men and women to finish will receive medals, and there will also be prize drawings. The event will start at 9 a.m. Participants can register online at ­ or call 763-755-1280.


Shingle Creek cleanup scheduled for Saturday

Volunteers will gather to clean up Great Shingle Creek on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Cleanup supplies and refreshments will be provided at the city's community center at 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.

For further information, call 763-585-7100.


Master gardener will host butterfly clinic

An upcoming class will give people a chance to learn how to attract and nurture butterflies and moths in their gardens and why it matters. Master Gardener Dave Knapp will host the class from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Blaine City Hall.

Knapp will explain how both butterflies and moths are important in nature and the garden, and the roles they play as pollinators and as predator and prey. By understanding these roles, gardeners can help these insects and benefit their own gardens and landscapes. Knapp will discuss plant selection and some do's and don'ts.

The session costs $7 and will be held in Cloverleaf Room A.

Columbia Heights

April 30 'fun raiser' will help kids in need

The Columbia Heights police and fire departments and community partners will hold a "fun raiser" on Wednesday, April 30, to help out local children in need.

The Clean, Fed and Warm event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. that day at the Columbia Heights Public Safety Center, 825 41st Av. NE.

Proceeds will be used to buy clothes, personal care hygiene items, canned and nonperishable foods.

The event includes live music, police and fire department demonstrations, a silent auction and a casual dinner of hot dogs, chips, soda or water.

Financial contributions of $10 per person or $20 per family will be accepted at the event or at or

Donated items can be dropped off at SACA Food Shelf, 627 38th Av. NE. in Columbia Heights, or the Public Safety Center.

For more information, call 763-789-2444.


Lions Club pancake breakfast is Sunday

The Elk River Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Lions Park Center, 1104 Lions Park Dr. A freewill offering will be taken, with all proceeds going to Elk River Boy Scout and community projects. Homemade buttermilk pancakes will be served with chocolate chip, walnut or warm blueberry topping with whipped cream.


Skaters celebrate 'Silver Jubilee'

Skaters from Coon Rapids and nearby communities will take the ice this weekend to present "Silver Jubilee: A Tribute to 25 Years of Ice Shows."

Performances of the 25th annual Ice Fantasy Show are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Coon Rapids Ice Center, 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd. Skaters range in age from 4 to adult.

The event will feature guest skater Alexander Johnson, a Minnetonka native and International Challenge Cup silver medalist. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Kids age 4 and under are admitted free.


Prostate cancer group to meet April 23

A prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Av. N., Robbinsdale.

Dr. Christopher Weight, a urologist from the University of Minnesota, will speak, and a question-and-answer segment will follow. There is no charge, and wives and friends are welcome to attend.

For further information, call 612-388-3588.


District students earn Jefferson Awards

Students from Robbinsdale Cooper and Armstrong high schools were honored this month for community service under the Students in Action portion of the national Jefferson Awards program.

The Jefferson Awards were begun in 1972, with founders including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Sen. Robert Taft Jr.

Students in Action trains young leaders to engage their school communities in meaningful volunteer service. Cooper earned a Silver Banner and Armstrong a bronze.

"We congratulate our Cooper in Action and Falcons in Action teams for their awards," said district superintendent Aldo Sicoli. "They are leaders in service-learning in our district," said Dr. Aldo Sicoli, superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools. "Their volunteer service and leadership development is certain to make a positive impact on the greater community."