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Posted on: March 10, 2021

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Board Details Annual Medical Examiner’s Report 

Scott Schulte, chair, Anoka County Board of Commissioners, briefly detailed the 2020 annual report, submitted by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. Some points of note on the report included six deaths attributed to homicide and 52 deaths –– the most in five years –– attributed to suicide. There were 2,327 total cases investigated by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and 170 total autopsies. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. To read the full report, click HERE.

Board Hears Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Annual Report

Last year was dominated by the pandemic, and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD), like many entities faced various challenges, but they adapted operations and maintained inspections and mosquito control with limited disruption. Commissioner Robyn West detailed MMCD’s annual report, which noted that MMCD staff last year inspected almost 75,000 breeding sites for mosquito larvae and applied 198,678 acres worth of treatments, which is less than the 213,800 in 2019, but more than the 183,000 acres treated in 2018. To read the full report, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. 

New COVID-19 vaccine opportunity in Anoka County

A new opportunity for 65-plus Anoka County residents to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist is now available. To read the full news release, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Highway Items Approved 

The board approved several transportation items under the Highway Division, including a cooperative construction agreement with MnDOT for the reconstruction of Foley Boulevard, between East River Road and Coon Rapids Boulevard, in the City of Coon Rapids, and a joint powers agreement with the City of Blaine to begin preliminary engineering, corridor layout development, environmental documentation and final design for improvements on Highway 65, from 97th Avenue to 117th Avenue/Cloud Drive in the City of Blaine. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Gifts Accepted for MedLink Program

The board accepted $500 from the Fridley American Legion Auxiliary, $100 from the Coon Rapids VFW Auxiliary and $100 from the Coon Rapids VFW Auxiliary to defray costs of the Medlink program. Anoka County Medlink coordinates volunteers to generously give their time and vehicle to provide transportation services to 60-plus area veterans. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Gifts Accepted for Parks Initiatives 

The board accepted $500 from the Coon Lake Community and Senior Center and $1,000 from the Coon Lake Improvement District, which will be used to support natural resource conservation efforts in Coon Lake by allowing the installation of a second aerator, which will help improve oxygen levels in the lake during the winter months. For more information on these items, click HERE.

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