October 2014

There are 18 blog entries for October 2014.

Mississippi River Trail - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hickoryhardscrabble/3888255156On October 14th, the Anoka County Board approved the legacy grant agreement for the parks and trails. This grant will provides more than $1.2 million in funding for six projects. Due to the approval of the constitutional amendment in 2008, this funding has come from the increase in state sales tax.

The county doesn't have to match the grant and they get until June 30th of 2017 to finish the projects. This program will allow the county to replace and repair infrastructure much easier and faster.

Projects

The County will complete the following projects with the funding:

  • Constructing a portion of trail between 38th Avenue in Andover to Round Lake Boulevard - Cost $50,000
  • Patching, crack sealing, drainage improvements, repaving and seal
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If you're new to our state -- welcome! This ought to help you get to know your new neighbors a little better.


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Pass It On!Recently, the Blaine High School Speech and Debate Program was named as one of the best in the United States. They were awarded membership to the National Forensic League's Societe de 300. This honor is reserved for only the top 1% of the high schools throughout the United States.

The debate coach, Ross Eichele is very excited about the award. However, he says the goal is to help every student do better each day. They strive to have fun and continue learning.

Eichele stated that he has worked very hard to provide students with an environment they can improve within. He says the work they have all put in is paying off, but they really don't talk much about winning awards. They consider awards extra and focus more on consistent improvement.

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Reconstruction PlanOn October 16th, the Blaine City Council approved a $1.1 million offer for ownership of 105th Avenue. Anoka County will now own the Avenue and will being the design for reconstruction. The vote for this change was unanimous.

The city will still be responsible for future maintenance and the county will give $500K to the city as soon as the agreement is executed.

The county board will actually vote on the agreement at a November meeting. The plan is to turn back 105th Avenue before May of 2015. When this happens, the county will pay the city the remaining balance, according to the agreement.

The county will handle the plowing of the road this winter, but the city will take over these services in the future. After the approval of the agreement, the

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Energy SavingThe winter can be harsh in Blaine and so can the energy bills during these months. There are ways to keep the air warm in your home without spending a fortune on utilities. Here's how you can make sure your bills don't get too high this winter.

Start with Insulation

Insulation can help to keep the warm air in without it escaping. The better the insulation for your home, the less money you will have to spend to heat your home during the winter. It's a good idea to assess your insulation depths in the attic and figure out if you need to add more in specific areas. Not only can this help you keep warm air in, but it can also help to prevent ice dams.

Blown Insulation is Best

Using blown insulation makes it possible to insulate hart to reach

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National Sports Center - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/39448137@N02/3689470322
The Blaine City Council announced the approval of the master plan for field expansion at the National Sports Center in early October. This approval means the facility will see 20 new sports fields very soon.

The project was originally put in front of the council in June. It includes a two-phase plan to use the 80-acre property between 105th and 109th avenues. This is found east of the current soccer fields and the land is owned by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. This is a state agency.

NSC received $3.2 million in funding from a state bond bill in 2014. This funding will allow the facility to construct eight of the 20 fields in the plan, along with driveway accesses, landscaping, parking lots and ponding.

Twelve more fields are expected

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A lot of Blaine residents make the trek to Anoka (a whopping 15 minutes!) for the annual Halloween spectacular. As you know, the entire month is one big haunt-fest but it gets better the closer we get to the 31st.

This weekend is when all the good stuff happens so if you don’t have plans for the weekend, head to Anoka.

They call the Grand Day Parade the “centerpiece of the Halloween season in Anoka,” and for good reason. It’s a pretty big deal, with floats, marching bands and even an air-show overhead. This year the parade starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 25.

The T-6 flight team in their vintage military planes will be booming across the sky just before the parade, so you may want to get there a little early.

In fact, get there

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Upcoming GalaThe HOPE 4 Youth Gala has been set for November 15th and will provide an opportunity to have fun at an incredible event, while making a difference. The Gala will provide funding to help the HOPE 4 Youth Center. The center is a place for young people to go, especially those experiencing homelessness in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Event Details

The Gala will include food, games, fun and both silent and live auctions. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold and the dinner will be a surf and turf with hors d'oeuvres and dessert.

The event will begin at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 7:30pm. It will be held at the Courtyards of Andover, which is located at 13545 Martin Street NW in Andover.

For ticket and donation information

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Energy SavingThe National Sports Center was given $475,000 in asset preservation funding for roof repair on the Schwan Super Rink. This funding was also set aside by the State of Minnesota for a new energy-efficient LED lighting system. The Sports Hall is 24 years old and is in need of new lights and roof repairs. Both of these projects have been in the works all fall. Here's a look at what's happening at NSC.

Roof Repair

All Elements, Inc. was hired to complete the roof repair and has done so. The final steps were completed recently and the roof has received repairs, along with the gutter system receiving repairs. This is a very important and necessary part of the improvements to the facility.

Lighting

The lighting is next and 549 new lighting fixtures

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Playing LacrosseLacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. It's no longer just an Ivy League or East Coast sport. This sport is spreading across the country fast. Here's a look at some of the upcoming programs at NSC for lacrosse.

Boys Clinics

The boy’s clinics will be held on Wednesdays starting November 5th. These clinics will include two levels: Beginner (Grades 3 to 5) and Intermediate (Grades 6 to 9). The beginner clinic will run from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and the intermediate will run from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Girls Clinics

A Girls lacrosse clinic will be held on November 7th from 5pm to 8pm. All participants are required to have full game equipment and team experience. Instruction will include position development, individual skills

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