Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Fridley has ties to the 'Ducks' franchise and a whopping seven-mile stretch of North America's longest river.
Mighty Ducks movies the Mighty Mississippi take their place beside tater tots, Bob Dylan and butter sculptures in one of Buzzfeed's trademark lists, 38 Things Minnesotans Are Too Nice to Brag About. Fridley can lay claim to its share of credit for both the hockey flicks and the river. The city of Fridley has about seven miles of Mississippi River shoreline. D3: The Mighty Ducks, the 1996 installment in the Mighty Ducks film franchise, showed the world the inside of the now-closed Columbia Arena on University Avenue NE in Fridley. In Buzzfeed's opinion: The greatest movie franchise of all time is basically a documentary about Minnesota hockey. Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It's beautiful. Pretty …
Friday, April 5, 2013
DNA findings in Mississippi River upstream and downstream from Coon Rapids Dam don't mean the invaders are here yet, according to media reports on new research.
Suspicions that DNA from Asian carp found in the Mississippi near Fridley don't necessarily mean the feared invaders are here have been borne out be new research, according to several news outlets. Minnesota Public Radio reported: The latest research on Asian carp in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers shows a small number of the invasive fish, but probably not a reproducing population. The research released on Thursday indicates that the invasive fish have not become established in Minnesota. However, experts say the fish still pose an immediate threat in the two rivers. Tests last year, using improved techniques to identify the DNA of Asian carp in Minnesota waters, seem to contradict earlier studies which found evidence of the fish in …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Here's how the Mississippi River park in Fridley looked to one snoeshoer in freshly fallen snow.
This snowshoer wore her own for a visit to Islands of Peace Park in Fridley after the snowstorm this week. You can also rent snowshoes at the City of Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center.
Friday, February 22, 2013
What is the most scenic or special spot along Fridley's riverfront for you?
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 is the deadline to submit your favorite places for viewing the Mississippi River to the National Park Service's Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Visit the "My Mississippi River Views" web page to add your most choice riverside spots to MNRRA's map. You'll be asked about how often you visit the viewpoint, how long you stay there, how you reach the area and why you feel it is scenic. As of early Friday, three locations in Fridley were on the map: one in Rice Creek Trail West Park and two in Anoka County Riverfront Park. What river spot did you submit to "My Mississippi River Views"? Leave a comment below and share a photo by uploading to this post. Related:
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The river is low and the land is dry at Anoka County Riverfront Park and Islands of Peace Park.
A second-hand scanner report of an island with trees on fire didn't immediately check out Tuesday morning, but it was a good chance to visit Anoka County Riverfront Park and Islands of Peace Park on a nice bright fall day.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Fridley Fire Dept. boat was called then cancelled; Brooklyn Park crew executed rescue.
A boat with engine trouble and a woman aboard drifted a mile down the Mississippi River Tuesday afternoon before rescuers reached it and brought boat and boater safely back to shore. The misadventure started about 3:30 p.m., according to Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman, as the woman and her husband launched the boat from River Park in Brooklyn Park (opposite Glen Creek and Logan Park in Fridley). The husband unhooked the boat and the engine started but the wife was unable to get it into gear, Prillaman said. The man swam after the boat but couldn't catch it in the swift current. The woman dialled 911 from the boat, which put rescue crews from both sides of the river into action. The Fridley Fire Department got the call to assist …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Is that better or worse?
Another sewer-pipe failure sent raw sewage into the Mississippi River Wednesday—this time not in Fridley but about 60 miles upriver in Sauk Rapids. As with a regional sewer-pipe leak from the bank of the Mississippi in Fridley on June 20, authorities are saying that the dilution rate in the fast-flowing river is reducing risk to people. It "shouldn’t be a danger,” Sauk Rapids Mayor Mayor Dave Saunders told the St. Cloud Times. The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services department put up signs at Fridley boat launches and other public river access points after its pipe burst just south of the Lockslea Girl Scouts camp on East River Road last month. For more on the spill in Fridley in June, see:
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Met Council sewer pipe leaked from Fridley bank into Mississippi River.
Tests following a sewage leak into the Mississippi River from a pipe in Fridley show that E. coli bacteria levels are "near or less than the state standard at which waters are considered suitable for public contact and recreation," according to the Met Council, which operates the pipe. Signs banning recreation in the river will come down, according to Metropolitan Council Environmental Services spokesperson Tim O'Donnell: Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, has determined that last week’s wastewater spill has dissipated and that water quality in the Fridley reach of the Mississippi River has returned to normal. This conclusion is based on MCES’s water …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A Metropolitan Council Envrionmental Services pipe in Fridley leaked 500–1,000 gallons of sewage, WCCO reported.
Updated. A pipe in Fridley leaked 500–1,000 gallons of sewage per minute into the Mississippi River Thursday, WCCO-TV reported. The leak is north of Rice Creek, along the south edge of Lockslea, the Girl Scout camp on East River Road, according to City of Fridley Public Works Director Jim Kosluchar. "We got the report of sewer odor at about 1:00 PM yesterday from a resident on Hartman Circle," Kosluchar said by email Friday morning. "I am glad the resident contacted us." Although it happened in Fridley, Kosluchar clarified that the leak was not in a City of Fridley sewer, it was in a sewer interceptor owned and operated by the Metropolitan Council on Environmental Services (MCES). Our crew followed up on a resident complaint of sewer odor…
Monday, June 4, 2012
Program starts on the west side of the Mississippi River.
Spend a morning or the whole day floating and paddling down the Mississippi River in a large rubber raft on Saturday, June 9, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 10360 W. River Rd., Brooklyn Park. Experienced naturalists will guide the way, and there will be several stops to explore islands, sandbars and beaches. No experience necessary. Shuttle, water and snacks provided. Cost is $45 per person and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number 315401-01. This program is for ages 8 and older. More information, visit the Three Rivers Park District website. Information provided by Three Rivers Park District.