Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Fateemah Virnet Jihad took bags off the rack and filled them with bras and underwear, according to the Anoka County Attorney's office.
A pair of shoplifters ran out Door 5 at the Northtown Mall last June with their loot: $1,233 worth of merchandise including bras and underwear from Victoria's Secret. That's according to Anoka County prosecutors, who charged Fateemah Virnet Jihad, then 21, of Minneapolis, with one count of felony-level theft. Her alleged accomplice, then 19, told police "they grabbed three racks of bras, as many as 25," according to the criminal complaint against Jihad. (He does not have a complaint in the Anoka County Attorney's online database of criminal complaints.) Video cameras caught the pair leaving mall, which is in Blaine just north of Fridley, according to the complaint, and the store manager picked Jihad and her alleged accomplice from photo …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A new U.S. Census Bureau map of migration patterns between counties shows Anoka County gaining population from other Minnesota counties.
Anoka County stole 118 residents from Florida’s Lake County between 2006 and 2010. Meanwhile, it lost 47 people to the Anchorage Municipality in Alaska during the same time period. A U.S. Census Bureau interactive map that went live Tuesday emphasizes just how far flung movements are between the 1.1 million-person county and the rest of the country. During the survey period, 3,403 people moved to Anoka County from a different state while 5,290 people moved from here to a different state. Movement wasn’t limited to the United States either. Anoka County had 1,255 people move in from abroad. Migration was biggest within Minnesota—and Anoka County saw 16,628 more people move in from elsewhere in the state. The county had 15,857 people move …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The agencies, including Fridley police, plan to step up enforcement of speed limits March 18–22, 2013.
Anoka County law enforcement agencies, including the Fridley Police Department, jointly issued this news release last week about "Speed Week" that starts Monday, when they will be putting an emphasis on enforcing speed limits: Drive at safe speeds and you won’t find flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. Anoka County Law Enforcement Agencies are conducting increased speed patrols March 18–22, 2013 to combat a deadly cause of traffic crashes. The special “speed week” enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2009–2011, speed was a contributing factor in 9 …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
As Nemo recedes in Northeast, Orko looms for Midwest. The NWS Warning goes into effect at midnight Saturday.
A Watch has turned to a Winter Storm Warning for Fridley and the rest of Anoka County, as other Minnesota counties. The National Weather Service upgraded its earlier Winter Storm Watch to a Warning Saturday afternoon. The warning is in effect from midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday. The storm the Weather Channel has dubbed Winter Storm Orko won't dump nearly the quantity of snow that its predecessor, Winter Storm Nemo, dumped on New England this weekend. But Orko will hit us reasonably hard, with as much as eight inches of snow by Monday morning. In the words of the National Weather Service, this will be a "SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM." Snow accumulations of four to eight inches are possible in locations across Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey and …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Citizens continue to file requests with sheriff's office in large numbers, according to reports.
The record-setting pace of Anoka County residents seeking gun permits hasn't slowed down in the month since the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT. WCCO-TV reported: On Monday, Anoka County received 49 applications for permits to carry handguns – setting a new one-day record. That topped the previous record set on New Year’s Eve. The Star Tribune reported there have been three record days for numbers of permit seekers in the last month. The first record was set in the days immediately after the Newtown shooting, with the Trail's End store in Fridley experiencing a "feeding frenzy" of customer purchases of firearms and ammunition, according to the store manager.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
State Canvassing Board certified final Nov. 6, 2012 election results on Tuesday.
Voters in Fridley outpaced voters across Minnesota in their support for re-electing President Obama in the Nov. 6, 2012 election. Final tallies certified Wednesday by the Minnesota State Canvassing Board show that in Fridley's 12 precincts, 61.11 percent of the votes went to the Democratic ticket, compared to 52.65 percent support for Obama statewide. The Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan got 36.36 percent in Fridley and 44.96 percent statewide. In Anoka County, the now-official results showed the Romney-Ryan winning with 50.11 percent of the vote. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden got 47.52 percent—about the amount Romney famously said supported Obama nationally in a secretly taped video. Source: Minnesota …
Monday, November 26, 2012
He's the new Anoka County Veteran Services Director and a retiring state rep.
John Kriesel may be Anoka County's new veteran services director, but the retiring Republican state representative from Cottage Grove is not saying never to a job higher up in state government: governor. David Lutchen, writing for Woodbury Patch's Local Voices, relayed Kriesel comments posted at therealcapitolview.com: “I would never rule out a run for governor, and the encouragement and support that I’ve received has been flattering, but I absolutely love my new job working for Anoka County Veterans Services and I’ve enjoyed being able to spend more time with my wife and sons now that I’m out of politics,” said Kriesel. He added, “I chose not to seek relection to the Minnesota House of Representatives so I could spend more time with my …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Preview what your ballot will look like when you vote in Tuesday's general election.
Here is what the ballots will look like at polling places in the City of Fridley on Election Day, Nov. 5, 2012. Check the PDFs attached to this post to see a sample ballot for your precinct in the viewer above. To find your precinct and polling place, check our "Where to Vote in Fridley" post, take a look at the polling place map (PDF) attached to this post, or visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's "Polling Place Finder" web page. Source of sample ballots: Minnesota Secretary of State's "My Ballot" web page. The links at the bulleted list above will take you to the Secretary of State's web version of each ballot.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Youth from across the county compete in everything from fishing sports to clowning.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
4-H is as much a part of the Minnesota State Fair tradition as corndogs and cotton candy. This year, 5,866 young people will exhibit a variety of projects at the fair, competing in categories ranging from aquatic robotics to clothing and textiles. Barb Tiegs, a 4-H judge in fabric arts and a Maple Grove resident, has been involved in the state fair 4-H competition since she was 11 years old. When judging, Tiegs says she looks for students who can explain how they executed their project and what completing the project taught them. “They learn how to present themselves, how to communicate,” said Tiegs. “It really pays off as a lifelong skill.” Check out the highlights from Anoka County’s 2012 4-H competitors in the gallery above. To see the …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Anoka County hosts collection event at Fridley High School next Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
This is a good weekend to get paint and other household hazardous materials ready for Anoka County's collection event next Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at Fridley High School. Enter the school's north lot from eastbound lane of 61st Avenue NE. Bring your driver's license or other proof of that you live in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey or Washington counties. Drop offs are free for residents but businesses, organizations and schools may NOT bring waste to the collection. Some of the thing you CAN bring: Make sure any containers you bring don't tip over or leak. Here are examples of things NOT to bring: If you have questions about wastes not accepted at the collection, call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management at 763…