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Memorial Service Held For American Who Died Of Ebola

A memorial service was held Saturday for a American citizen and Liberian government official who died of Ebola. Patrick Sawyer died in late July after contracting the disease in Liberia.

09/27/2014

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Best Buy Employee Charged With Slashing Electronics Prices To Zero

A Best Buy employee is accused of using the computer at his Coon Rapids store to dramatically lower prices on high-end electronics.

09/19/2014

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Charges Say Driver In Fatal Crash Extremely Drunk

Hennepin County prosecutors say a 24-year-old driver accused of slamming into another vehicle and killing the other driver had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit for driving. Michael J. Vanwagner of Coon Rapids was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

08/12/2014

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Brooklyn Center Woman Loses 9 Family Members To Ebola

Nigeria has one more confirmed Ebola case, and the outbreak shows no signs of letting up. The latest victim in Nigeria is a nurse who was treating Patrick Sawyer, the first American victim of the outbreak.

08/11/2014

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Armed Minnesota Man Leads Police On Car Chase

Minnesota police are investigating a car chase with an armed Minneapolis-area man that ended after a one-hour standoff. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says officers responded to a report Tuesday that a Coon Rapids man was suicidal and had left his home with a loaded handgun.

07/23/2014

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Diggity Drive Up Sit-Down Restaurant Goes Server Free

When you go to a sit-down restaurant, you’re probably used to being waited on. The team behind Tavern on France has come up with a new concept, a server-free restaurant. The idea is to combat the minimum wage increase by using technology to cut down on costs and reduce the number of employees.

07/19/2014

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The Camaraderie Of Competition: A Story Of 3 Top Girl Golfers

The high school golf careers of three phenomenal girls came to an exciting end on Wednesday at the class AAA Minnesota State High School golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. That’s because the competitive trio of Celia Kuenster, Sarah Burnham, and Kenzie Neisen have dominated play over the past four seasons.

06/11/2014

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New Summer Music Fest Planned For Coon Rapids

A new summer music festival is planned for Coon Rapids next month. The first Rum River Music Fest will be held July 19. The festival will be held at Sand Creek Park and will benefit HOPE 4 Youth, a nonprofit organization serving homeless young people in Anoka County.

06/11/2014

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Minnesota Company Recalls Some Cheese, Salsa

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition because of possible listeria contamination.

06/05/2014

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Lightning Strikes Woman, Home In Ham Lake

Lightning is responsible for injuring a woman and starting a house fire in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon in Ham Lake, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received reports of lightning striking a woman at 2:45 p.m. at Lions Park at 155th Avenue and Central Avenue.

05/31/2014

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Body Of Coon Rapids Man Recovered From St. Croix River

The body of a 21-year-old Coon Rapids man has been recovered five days after he jumped into the St. Croix River to try to save his nephew. According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, crews found the body of Tou Hu Vang Friday at 9:51 a.m. just south of the Osceola Landing.

05/30/2014

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Coon Rapids Woman Killed In Isanti County Crash

A 68-year-old Coon Rapids woman has died after the car she was in drifted off of an Isanti County road and struck a tree Friday afternoon. Authorities received a report of a crash just before 2 p.m. A witness says the vehicle, a 2012 Kia Sedona, was traveling southbound on Highway 47 near 253rd Avenue North when it drifted onto the right shoulder, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

05/24/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Street Sand Removal, Lake Names & Population Signs

Ken from Roseville asked: What do the cities do with all the sand they sweep up in the spring? That depends on the city.

05/23/2014

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Fmr. Robbinsdale Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Prostitute Solicitation

The former chief of police in Robbinsdale pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute earlier this year. Steven Smith, 45, was arrested in Coon Rapids during a prostitution sting in February.

05/22/2014

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Charges: Men Stole Vehicles Using Tow Truck

Two men are accused of using a tow truck to steal vehicles from a parking lot, and were caught when they unknowingly lifted a “bait car.” According to charges filed in Dakota County, 50-year-old James Chester Jennings and another person identified only by his initials stole a Ford pickup truck from a Walmart in West St. Paul in early April.

05/13/2014

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