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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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Man Who Jumped Into Mississippi River Charged

A 19-year-old man is charged with a misdemeanor after authorities say he jumped off a bridge in a Twin Cities suburb in the name of charity. The Hennepin County sheriff’s office said Monday that Joseph Mark Sanislo of Coon Rapids is charged with one count of disorderly conduct.

05/12/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Filming Boys Changing At Local YMCAs

A Coon Rapids, Minn. man pleaded guilty this week to stalking a minor with sexual or aggressive intent after he allegedly filmed boys changing clothes at the Andover YMCA, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office. Robert Dennis Minor, 54, was also charged in March 2013 with four counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors and two counts of use of minors in a sexual performance.

05/07/2014

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Coon Rapids Company Recalls Products Due To Listeria Contamination

A Coon Rapids company is voluntarily recalling some of its products due to concerns of possible listeria contamination, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Product sampling by the state agriculture department determined that some of the finished products produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC contained listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which could cause the disease listeriosis.

03/22/2014

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Bad Winter Brings Good News For New Car Buyers

After posting an incredible recovery following the recent recession, the nation’s automakers didn’t need to do battle with Mother Nature. But the extreme winter weather across the country is forcing car dealers to get creative to help attract winter-weary customers. At Carlson Toyota in Coon Rapids, another truckload of new cars rolls off the trailer and onto the lot. While demand for new vehicles remains high, consumers are having a hard time making it in to the dealerships.

03/03/2014

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Frozen Pipes Aren’t Just An Issue For Homeowners, Cities Are Having Trouble, Too

This extreme cold is creating a headache for cities and homeowners alike. Many residents have been surprised to find no water coming from their faucets.

02/27/2014

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Minn. Mom Ends Cancer Treatment To Be Home With Boys

Difficult situations require difficult decisions. Lynn Acker is a 37-year-old wife and mother of three sons in Coon Rapids. She’s been fighting cancer for seven years. This winter, she made one of life’s toughest decisions.

02/26/2014

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Twin Cities Man, 92, Given Knight Of The Legion Of Honor Medal

At a ceremony in Coon Rapids today, U.S. Senator Al Franken pinned the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal on 92-year-old Benny Arechiga.

02/23/2014

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Coon Rapids Allina Clinics Closed Due To Power Outage

Officials with Allina Health said two clinics in the north Twin Cities metro are closed Friday morning due to a power outage. Tim Burke, the public relations manager for Allina Health, said the Allina Women’s Health Medical Clinic and the Midwest Surgery Medical Clinic, both in Coon Rapids, are closed until further notice.

02/21/2014

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Icy Rollover Crash Kills 82-Year-Old

An 82-year-old Coon Rapids woman is dead after a rollover crash on Interstate 35 in Pine County Thursday.

02/13/2014

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Hockey Is Family Affair For The DelCastillos

What are the odds that any couple would have six children, all of them girls? And what are the odds that those six girls, between the ages of 5 and 18, would all play hockey? That’s exactly the scenario for Doc DelCastillo and his wife, Sue. It’s a situation where dad is a hockey coach and mom is the family’s head coach.

02/11/2014

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1 Injured In Wheelchair-Vehicle Collision

One person is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while on a wheelchair in Coon Rapids Sunday night, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

01/19/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Contagious People, Prongs & The Golden Dome Seat

Kathy from Roseville asked: How long is a person with the flu contagious? The Minnesota Department of Health follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control when it comes to influenza.

01/17/2014

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Mercy Hospital Welcomes First Twin Cities Baby Of 2014

The first Twin Cities baby of 2014 was welcomed at about 12:19 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Lissa Claire and Shawn Leebens are the proud parents of the first baby to be born in 2014.

01/01/2014

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