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  1. Children (April 4-10, 2021)

    Parks

    Beaches, playgrounds, camps, geocaching, biking, fishing, learning programs. The list goes on and on for things children can enjoy in Anoka County Parks!child going down waterslide and kids netting aquatic species in lake

    • Experience the wonders of nature with your 2-5 year old through outdoor play, stories and crafts. Nature Play programs are held the first Thursday of each month and involves outdoor exploration for parents and their children at Wargo Nature Center. Registration required.
    • This summer get your children off the couch and into the great outdoors! Summer Camps are right around the corner and we have great options for kids of all ages and interests!
    • Wargo has homeschool programs for students in K-12th grade. Programs begin in October and are held the second and third Thursday though May. 
    • For educators, Anoka County Parks and Wargo Nature Center offer quality educational offerings at our location or yours!
    • Explore all our parks located throughout the county with miles of trails to experience wildlife and fresh air!
    • Bunker Beach is Minnesota's largest outdoor water park!
    • Upcoming Events include: 
      • Earth Week, April 19-24. Free virtual and in-person activities for the whole family are available through Wargo. Pre-registration may be required for some events. Please call 763-324-3350.
      • Kids Fishing Clinic, May 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Learn how to fish, be safe near the water, cast, and identify fish!

    Green four leaf clover with the letter h in each leaf 4 H organization logoU of M Extension Service

    • 4-H welcomes new members all year long. Learn more about 4-H and receive a free hands-on mini project kit for children by simply completing this form.

    Librariesfour photos of kids smiling and enjoying library activities and books

    Anoka County Libraries offer ideas, information and inspiration! Check out all the opportunities available at your local library.

    • Storytime
      • At storytime, kids have fun enjoying stories, songs, and rhymes while librarians teach caregivers best practices for incorporating research-backed methods to improve language and literacy into their daily lives. Reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing every day with your child develops healthy brains ready for school.
    • Book Clubs
      • Book suggestions from librarians, activities and games based on books, and conversations with kids interested in the same topics make reading fun for even the most reluctant readers.
    • Homework Help
      • Trusted online sources for papers and projects are available for free with your library card.  
      • Live online tutors are available to help with homework questions in English and Spanish.
      • Submit your school project topic to our Librarian Recommends form or give us a call and a librarian will pull a tailored list of resources for you to check out.
    • Arts and Crafts Classes 
      • Want to create bugs in the style of The Very Hungry Caterpillar author Eric Carle or learn how to animate your own story?  Free classes taught by our expert community partners like Rum River Center for the Arts give kids a chance to be creative and learn about different artists and techniques. Librarians provide a list books, movies, and other resources children can check out to continue learning about the subject at home. 
    • Cooking Classes
      • Classes on healthy eating and fun things to do in the kitchen like cupcake decorating are offered at our three branches with kitchen spaces. Kids learn skills like handwashing and safe knife use alongside skills like measuring, reading, and counting.
    • STEM Programs
      • Learning STEM skills is like learning a foreign language- kids need to be immersed in it in real life settings. Kids get hands on fun and learning with STEM programs at the library like Plants are Superheroes and How to Make a Robot.  Play in the dirt and learn about plant and water science in our native plant garden.  Build a snow volcano and watch it explode while you learn about MN Geochemistry.  Meet snakes and other reptiles up close when they visit the library to show you how animals adapt to their surroundings. 
    • Just For Fun
      • Great online learning game options.

    passport book with the word passport written on coverPassport Centers

    Children need a passport for any international travel. Our Passport Centers can help! Routine processing time is up to 12 weeks.

    a black circle with a baby's white footprints insideVital Statistics

    From the day your child is born, we're the people who issue the birth certificate and archive the original for safe keeping. If you need a copy, just call or visit the staff at our Vital Statistics Office

    paper map with location pinGeographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Our GIS area develops interactive maps to make your life easier.

    • Use Go Anoka County to find parks, recreation centers, trails and playgrounds near you.  See where you can swim, skate, play tennis golf, basketball and baseball. Get photos and detailed information about recreational facilities anywhere in the county.  For more information and resources on getting healthier through physical activity, visit Go Anoka County.
    • Our Child Care Locator helps you find providers close to your home or work. Search for providers within any Anoka County city. And for any provider, click a link to see their listing on the state licensing website.

    Highway Department - Snowplow Safety OutreachHighway Children

    It's never too young to learn about snowplow safety! Our own Brent Aase, the Snowplow Guy, travels to pre-schools and elementary schools to introduce young learners the importance of snowplow safety with a video and engaging students in discussion. The highlight is getting an up-close look at the plow truck and honking the horn! Children receive a free coloring book on snowplow safety and get to share what they learned with family and friends. 

    Heart shape icon with adult hand holding child hand insideHuman Services: Public Health and Environmental Services

    • WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
      • A nutrition education and supplemental food benefits program for pregnant and postpartum women, and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk.
      • For those who are income-eligible, WIC provides nutritious food at no cost, nutrition counseling, referrals for health care and immunizations, breastfeeding support, and a list of grocery stores that will exchange WIC benefits for approved foods. WIC served an average of 4,939 women and children per month in 2020.
      • Call 763-324-4230 to schedule an appointment or click Apply for WIC to apply online.
    • Family Home Visiting Program
      • Free, confidential, and non-judgmental family services, in your home or other location of your choice. 
      • Our public health nurses will provide you with education and support for a healthy pregnancy and baby, teach you needed skills to meet your children’s needs and increase your confidence as a parent, teach you ways to play with your baby and/or children that will help their brain grow, help make your home a safe and healthy place for your children to live and grow, connect you with resources to meet your specific needs, and more.  
      • In 2020, our public health nurses provided 6,359 family home visits to 482 families. Call our Family Home Visiting Program at 763-324-4240.  

    Human Services: Economic Assistance

    The Economic Assistance Department provides public assistance programs and child support services to individuals and families.

    Public Assistance Programs: Eligibility for public assistance programs vary based on different requirements such as income, assets, and household composition.   

     If you reside in Anoka County and you have questions on how to apply for benefits, call the EZ INFO line at 763-422-7200. 

    • Emergency Assistance (EA)
      • This program provides emergency assistance for families with dependent children under age 21, who are under 200% of the federal poverty guideline, as allowed by each county’s approved plan.  The emergency situations most typically are related to shelter and utility issues, such as an eviction or utility shut-off. 
    • Medical Assistance (MA)
      • MA is a federal program that provides health insurance to persons whose income is insufficient to meet their medical needs, including families, children under age 21, women who are pregnant, adults without children and individuals who are blind or disabled, have a basis of eligibility and meet the eligibility requirements.  
    • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
      • MFIP helps families and children by offering cash and food benefits with employment services. It is a work-focused program, with the goal of helping families move out of poverty and move toward self-sufficiency through employment. 
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • This federal program provides monthly electronic benefits that may be used to purchase food.   This program can help stretch a family’s food budget. 

    Human Services: Social Services and Behavioral Health

    • Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)
      • The Parent Support Outreach Program is a voluntary program that provides short-term help to parents to access resources and provide education about such things as housing, transportation, parent education, child development, activities, child care, safety planning, employment and other services.  Anyone who is a resident of Anoka County and has a child 10 years old or younger in the family is eligible for Parent Support Outreach Services.
      • Ph. 763-324-1658
    • Child Foster Care
      • Foster families provide homes for children whose families are unable to care for them. They are asked to take someone else's child into their home, care for the child and treat the child as a member of their family. Foster Care is more than having a child or children in your home on a temporary basis. It is an opportunity to work with the child’s biological parents to help build a child’s future. Often children continue to visit their families until they can be reunited. In addition to food, housing, and clothing, they need emotional support, guidance, and, above all, hope.
      • Ph. 763-324-1230
    • Child Care Assistance
      • Anoka County operates a Child Care Assistance program that helps families pay for childcare so that parents can work, attend school, or look for a job. The family may need to pay a portion of the child care cost. This amount is called a co-pay and is based on family size and income. Family income must be less than 47% State Median Income (SMI) at time of initial application to qualify for funds.
      • Ph. 763-324-2360
    • Children’s Mental Health Intake
      • Children’s Mental Health (CMH) services are VOLUNTARY and must be requested by a parent or legal guardian. An intake social worker will talk with you about your child’s needs and provide you with information on both community resources and the application process for voluntary county services.
      • Ph:  763-324-1430

    If you are dealing with an immediate behavioral health crisis, call the Anoka County Crisis Response line at 763-755-3801. The line is open all day, every day, and there is no charge for the call. 

  2. Teens and Young Adults (April 11-17)

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    Beaches, disc golf, camps, geocaching, biking, canoeing/ kayaking, horseback riding. The list goes on and on for things teens & young adults can enjoy in Anoka County Parks

    • Join the treasure hunt by geocaching in Anoka County! GPS rentals available at Wargo Nature Center.
    • Bunker Beach is Minnesota's largest outdoor water park and the ultimate hangout spot!
    • Enjoy horseback riding or participate in a number of activities at the Bunker Park Stables.
    • Chomonix Golf Course offers a relaxed golf experience for all ages and abilities.
    • Anoka County Parks offers multiple seasonal job opportunities for teens 15 and older.
    • This summer get your children off the couch and into the great outdoors! Summer Camps are right around the corner and we have great options for kids of all ages and interests!
    • Wargo has homeschool programs for students in K-12th grade. Programs begin in October and are held the second and third Thursday through May. 
    • For educators, Anoka County Parks and Wargo Nature Center offer quality educational offerings at our location or yours!
    • Upcoming Events include
      • Fat Tire BikingApril 15; Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Centerville Beach, 3 - 5 pm Ages 16+ Anoka County Parks has fat tire bikes! These stable easy to ride fat tire bikes can be used on a wide variety of surfaces including snow, sand, and trails. This introductory level class is designed to show novice riders how much fun fat tire bikes can be. Pre-registration required. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. $15/person +tax
      • Introduction to KayakingApril 28; Wargo Nature Center, 6 - 8 pm, ages 16+. During this flat-water course we will cover basic strokes, kayaking safety, and boat/equipment selection. No experience is necessary and pre-registration is required. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. $25/person +tax
      • Ice Breaker 3D ShootApril 18, 2021
        • 40 3D Animal Targets
        • All Shooting Styles
        • Three Shooting Distances
        • Shoot Hours from 8 am – 4 pm
        • Registration from 8 am – 2 pm
        • Adults $20, Youth $5 (12-16) Under 12 Free
        • Crossbows and Broadhead are prohibited.

     Visit the Anoka County Parks Event Calendar to see more events and activities. 

    Librariesa photo of teen girls looking at a book and a male teen taking notes with headphones on.

    Anoka County Libraries offer ideas, information and inspiration! Check out all the opportunities available at your local library.

    Homework Help

    • Trusted online sources for papers and projects are available for free with your library card.  
    • Live online tutors are available from Mon - Sun 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST to help with homework questions in English and Spanish.
    • Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
    • Submit your school project topic to our Librarian Recommends form or give us a call and a librarian will pull a tailored list of resources for you to check out.

    College and Career Prep resources are available to teens and young adults to explore college majors and careers of interest, develop job skills, create a resume, and apply for financial aid.

    • Live online tutors and practice tests for PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
    • Live online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) tutors available to help both students and parents with completing the FAFSA application.
    • Live online professional assistance in GED prep, resume/cover letter writing, interview practice, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
    • Volunteer and internship opportunities at the library give students real world experience to build their resume
    • Learn in-demand business, tech, and design skills from real-world industry experts with thousands of online courses through LinkedIn Learning

     Writing Classes and the Annual Teen Write On Contest

    • Teens and adults can take a wide range of writing classes from fiction and creative writing to professional skills like copywriting and improving email communication
    • Each April, students in grades 6-12 can enter their short story to our annual Teen Write On! Contest for the chance to win a prize and to have their work published in an eBook though MN Writes MN Reads

     Arts and Crafts Classes

    • Teens and adults can get creative and learn new artistic skills with free classes taught by local artists.
    • Use our Creativebug resource to work at your own pace with over 1000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

    Employee Relations

    Looking to make a little money over the summer? We invite you to Find Your Path and apply for one of our seasonal positions available in Parks, Bunker Beach, Chomonix Golf Course, and the Highway Department.

    a teen girl sitting in a car looking at the camera and holding up her driver's licensLicense and Passport Centers

    After passing permit or driver’s test, we can help you get your driver's license card. Non-drivers of any age needing a state ID, we can help there too.

    Children need a passport for any international travel. Our Passport Centers can help! Routine processing time is up to 12 weeks.

    Job Training Center

    The Job Training Center offers career resources to teens and young adults looking to enter the workforce or expand their career opportunities.

    Empower Youth Program

    • Helps people ages 14-24 identify a career through career planning
    • Assist with job search
    • Assistance with resume and interviewing skills
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    Virtual Hiring Events 

    Create your career profile and register for a career fair to interact with potential employers virtually through chat and video interviewing. 

    Dislocated Worker Program 

    The Dislocated Worker Program offers services at no cost to assist job seekers who have been laid off from their job return to the workforce as quickly as possible!

    Transportation Solutions Program

    Need assistance with car repairs, insurance or vehicle registration and don’t know where to turn? Transportation Solutions, a partnership between Anoka County Job Training Center and Anoka County Community Action Program, provides grants up to $700 if eligible.

    Anoka Works! Internship Program

    Looking for a job? Paid internship opportunities are available for young adults ages 16-24. To see if you are eligible and request an application, go to https://www.anokacounty.us/1293/Empowers-Youth-Program

    Apprenticeships

    College isn’t the only path for success and quality career. Earn while you learn skills for life by investigating an apprenticeship

    Green four leaf clover with the letter h in each leaf 4 H organization logoU of M Extension Service

    4-H clubs are open to youth, kindergarten through one year past high school. The entire family can join in projects and activities. 4-H involvement includes learning by doing, practicing leadership, participating in a wide variety of projects, positive out-of-school time, science and arts enrichment, service to communities, youth teaching youth, and a lot of fun!

     Upcoming Events include: 

    • 4-H Clover Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk, April 24; Bunker Hills Activities Center, 9am- noon Walk or run to support this fundraiser for Anoka County 4-H! Funds will support healthy living programs, community service projects and scholarships for youth. You may run a route of your choosing, come to Bunker Hills Regional Park and run our marked route, or run an identified route at another Anoka County Park. This is a “fun run” and will not be timed.

    paper map with location pinGeographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Our GIS area develops interactive maps to make your life easier.

    • Use Go Anoka County to find parks, recreation centers and trails near you.  See where you can swim, skate, play tennis golf, basketball and baseball. Get photos and detailed information about recreational facilities anywhere in the county.  For more information and resources on getting healthier through physical activity, visit Go Anoka County.

    Heart shape icon with adult hand holding child hand insideHuman Services: Public Health and Environmental Services

    Regular Checkups are an important part of keeping your children healthy.  Regular checkups help to find and treat health problems early and build healthy habits through childhood and beyond! Children and teens, birth through age 20, who are eligible for Medical Assistance or a Medical Assistance Health Plan can get regular checkups for free.  We call these Child and Teen Checkups. https://www.anokacounty.us/2945/Child-and-Teen-Checkups

    Human Services: Economic Assistance

    The Economic Assistance Department provides public assistance programs and child support services to individuals and families.

    Public Assistance Programs: Eligibility for public assistance programs vary based on different requirements such as income, assets, and household composition.   

     If you reside in Anoka County and you have questions on how to apply for benefits, call the EZ INFO line at 763-422-7200. 

    • Emergency Assistance (EA)
      • This program provides emergency assistance for families with dependent children under age 21, who are under 200% of the federal poverty guideline, as allowed by each county’s approved plan.  The emergency situations most typically are related to shelter and utility issues, such as an eviction or utility shut-off. 
    • Medical Assistance (MA)
      • MA is a federal program that provides health insurance to persons whose income is insufficient to meet their medical needs, including families, children under age 21, women who are pregnant, adults without children and individuals who are blind or disabled, have a basis of eligibility and meet the eligibility requirements.  
    • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
      • MFIP helps families and children by offering cash and food benefits with employment services. It is a work-focused program, with the goal of helping families move out of poverty and move toward self-sufficiency through employment. 
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • This federal program provides monthly electronic benefits that may be used to purchase food. This program can help stretch a family’s food budget. 

    Human Services: Social Services and Behavioral Health

    • Child Foster Care
      • Foster families provide homes for children whose families are unable to care for them. They are asked to take someone else's child into their home, care for the child and treat the child as a member of their family. Foster Care is more than having a child or children in your home on a temporary basis. It is an opportunity to work with the child’s biological parents to help build a child’s future. Often children continue to visit their families until they can be reunited. In addition to food, housing, and clothing, they need emotional support, guidance, and, above all, hope.
      • Ph. 763-324-1230
    • Children’s Mental Health Intake
      • Children’s Mental Health (CMH) services are VOLUNTARY and must be requested by a parent or legal guardian. An intake social worker will talk with you about your child’s needs and provide you with information on both community resources and the application process for voluntary county services.
      • Ph:  763-324-1430
    • Chemical Health Services

     If you are dealing with an immediate behavioral health crisis, call the Anoka County Crisis Response line at 763-755-3801. The line is open all day, every day, and there is no charge for the call. 

    Human Services: Corrections

    Anoka County Corrections juvenile probation and institutional programing units are continuously working towards improving and changing the situations that youth face to include self-defeating behaviors that replicate in new criminal conduct. Our staff are highly trained and equipped to effectuate changes that dramatically improve lives. We deal with the psychiatric needs, the physical needs, the educational needs, and the thinking errors that contribute to youth cycling through the system.

  3. Adults and Families (April 18-24, 2021)

    April 18-24, 2021

    Parks

    Anoka County Parks feature 11,500 acres of open space where you and your family can camp, explore, and have fun together! Purchase your annual vehicle permit today and join us year-round. Permits are valid at all Anoka and Washington County parks! And don’t forget about Bunker Beach and Chomonix Golf Course. Be sure to check out all the fun seasonal programs and activities at our brand new website at www.anokacountyparks.com a family riding bikes on a boardwalk trail through a park with fall colors in the background

    Upcoming programs and events in your parks include:

    Family Earth Week Celebration
    April 17-23, Free Event, Virtual and In-Person Activities at Wargo Nature Center
    Join Wargo Nature Center in celebrating the Earth all week long! We will celebrate with a combination of virtual and in-person components designed for adults and families. You can join us all week or pick a few events to join! Pre-registration may be required for some components. Call 763-324-3350 for more information.

    Virtual Lunch with a Naturalist
    April 21 (Native Plant Gardening); Wargo Nature Center, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Ages 12+ Bring your lunch and join a naturalist for our Lunch with a Naturalist series. These monthly presentations will include local natural history information and time for questions. Pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a zoom link prior to the program. FREE

    Bird Walk Series
    April 23; Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, 8 - 10 am
    April 27; Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Visitor Center, 9 - 11 am
    All Ages Join an experienced birder on a walk through one of Anoka County’s beautiful parks. Enjoy seeing or hearing 20 to 60 species of birds. A checklist of Minnesota birds and a map of each area will be provided. All birding abilities are welcome. Register here.

    Open Shoots with Rapids Archery Club: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays https://www.rapidsarchery.net/

    Exhibition Opening – Banfill-Locke
    April 24, 10am-4pm: "Guided, Together" (Portraits by Gabriela Sierra) https://www.banfill-locke.org/

    Kids Fishing Clinic: Saturday, May 1, 9am-noon, Coon Rapids Dam. Bring the family and learn how to fish, be safe near the water, cast, identify fish and enjoy a free lunch. All participants and chaperones will receive a hot dog and chip lunch. Kids will also receive a goody bag of fishing related gear. All equipment is provided. All participants (youth & adults) must preregister.

    Bookmark our Parks Event Calendar, or sign up to receive messages about upcoming recreation opportunities and your next adventure is just a click away!

    U of M Extension - Anoka County

    Anoka County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, work, and in your community. https://extension.umn.edu/local/anoka

    Anoka County 4-H Clover Dash -  April 24   Walk or run to support this fundraiser for Anoka County 4-H! Funds will support healthy living programs, community service projects and scholarships for youth. We are thrilled to celebrate our 10-year anniversary this spring and you’re invited to participate in the way you feel most comfortable. You may run a route of your choosing, come to Bunker Hills Regional Park and run our marked route, or run an identified route at another Anoka County Park. This is a “fun run” and will not beclose up of female hands holding a bright green plant with dirt timed. Learn more at https://z.umn.edu/cloverdash2021

    4H  Creative arts, food and nutrition, wildlife, photography and more! Many activities and events are planned so the entire family can participate. 

    Master Gardeners Visit the Anoka County Master Gardeners website for gardening information along with a complete list of upcoming events. Ask a Master Gardner Online: Tuesdays 6:30-8pm Register: https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkd-uqpzMiGdG3fZPhvVgn1pTZn8SLvdCl

    Libraries

    • Keep kids reading, learning, and exploring over the summer with our annual Summer Reading program. Earn badges and prizes for reading, sharing book reviews, and completing activities. Adults can participate too!
    • Get personalized recommendations for homeschool curriculum support or just for fun through our Librarian Recommends request or check out Novelist, our online recommendation tool that suggests titles aligned with school standards oa woman looking at the camera and smiling while holding a magazine in front of a magazine rack r preferences such as mood, genre, and plot elements
    • Read, sing, and play together at Storytime where literacy experts share best practices for teaching your child language and reading skills at home
    • Host a family book club with one of our picture book or young adult Book Club in a Bag kits 
    • Cook together and have a deliciously fun time learning healthy eating and cooking skills at free classes 
    • Starting May 1st, 2021, patrons can check out up to 100 items per library card so each member of the family never runs out of reading, listening, and viewing options 
    • Busy schedules don’t align with library hours? Use a convenient locker to pick up holds from 6am-10pm at our Mississippi, Johnsville, Northtown, or Saint Francis locations every day of the week
    • Get outside and read at the same time at storywalks throughout the community 
    • Learn a new hobby like knitting, birdwatching, or playing an instrument with our Discover Kits
    • Read or listen on the go with our eLibrary materials
    • Need to fix your car or trace your family tree? Your library has an extensive list of databases for research and help. 
    • Videogames, movies and music are all available at your library!
    • Each library has public internet computers with Microsoft Office 2019 Pro are available on a first come basis.

    Adult Book Club
    The April book selection is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. You will need an Internet enabled device or computer to participate via Zoom meetings. Register here and a meeting link will be emailed to you prior to the book club discussion. 04/21/2021, 10-11 a.m., Columbia Heights Public Library, 55+

    Conversation Circle with the Metro North ABE 
    The Monday evening Conversation Circle for ESL learners is offered online through the Metro North Adult Basic Education Center. For more information, and to enroll, click here. 04/26/2021, 6-7 p.m., Columbia Heights Public Library, Adult, English Language Learning.

    Beginning Bird Identification 
    Birdwatching is a hobby that can provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. Be introduced to the basic elements of identifying birds using shape, size and flight/feeding patterns. Columbia Heights Public Library 55+

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    License and Passport Centers

    Tab renewals, DNR registrations, plates, and more! From first car to your last, we can help you out. Due to Covid, we are appointment-only but you can do many things over the phone or by using our drop boxes. https://www.anokacounty.us/221/License-Passport-Centers

    Property Records and Taxation       

    The county maintains all property records including ownership and assessed value. So when it’s time to buy, call on us to learn more about your new home. We keep records on more than 140,000 properties and process about 75,000 real estate documents annually. You can also look up property information online

    Vital Records

    Need a marriage license? When it’s time to say I do, our Vital Statistics office can do that along with other licenses, certificates and services, via online, in-person or by mail. FYI - We process about 2,000 marriage licenses every year. 

    Elections and Voter Registration

    Our office of Elections and Voter Registration provides voter registration and election administration for federal, state and local elections. In the last presidential election, we counted 212,016 ballots, including nearly 118,000 absentee ballots. https://www.anokacounty.us/220/Elections-Voter-Registration If you want to get more involved, you can sign up to be an election judge. Go to https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/get-involved/become-an-election-judge/ for information.

    Job Training Center

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    Our Job Training Center is here to serve underemployed adults, dislocated workers and those transitioning to a new career. Check out Training Opportunities; Workshops on topics like job search, resume writing and interview skills; Dislocated Worker Program; Career Services with tips, employer connections, and interview prep; and Virtual Hiring Events where you can interact with area employers through chat and video. Check out this complete guide to our CareerForce programs, services, and contact information.

    Transportation


    Highway Department

    Transit

    • Need to get somewhere? Transit Link is public transportation that operates where regular fixed-route transit is unavailable. 
    • Whether traveling to and from work, running errands, or activities with friends, having options makes traveling a whole lot better. With Commute Solutions, you have options and we can help! This free commuter resource is available to help determine sustainable alternatives like biking, carpooling, or taking the train.

    GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

    GIS develops online mapping applications like the Parcel Viewer, our Child Care Locator, and Water Resource Application and others. 

    Surveyors Office

    The Surveyors Office is responsible for maintaining maps involving property boundaries, Public Land Survey records, government corners, platted county highways and Anoka County owned property boundaries. Learn more about services

    Emergency Communications/911

    They’re the calming voice in the middle of chaos. The first and most critical contact you have during an emergency. When you dial 911, you’re on the line with an Anoka County dispatcher and in 2020, we answered 390,485 calls for help.

    Employee Relations

    Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can make a meaningful difference in others’ lives and enjoy a positive work-life balance? Join our team! https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/anokaa young soldier saluting mixed with an American flag

    Veteran Services

    Did you know about 20,800 veterans call Anoka County home?  Our Veteran Services staff provide professional, caring, and quality assistance to veterans and their dependents in obtaining benefits they so richly deserve though county, state, and federal programs. 


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    Human Services


    Economic Assistance

    The Economic Assistance Department provides public assistance programs and child support services to individuals and families.

    Public Assistance Programs: Eligibility for public assistance programs vary based on different requirements such as income, assets, and household composition.   

     If you reside in Anoka County and you have questions on how to apply for benefits, call the EZ INFO line at 763-422-7200. 

    • Emergency Assistance (EA)
      • This program provides emergency assistance for families with dependent children under age 21, who are under 200% of the federal poverty guideline, as allowed by each county’s approved plan.  The emergency situations most typically are related to shelter and utility issues, such as an eviction or utility shut-off. 
    • Medical Assistance (MA)
      • MA is a federal program that provides health insurance to persons whose income is insufficient to meet their medical needs, including families, children under age 21, women who are pregnant, adults without children and individuals who are blind or disabled, have a basis of eligibility and meet the eligibility requirements.  
    • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
      • MFIP helps families and children by offering cash and food benefits with employment services. It is a work-focused program, with the goal of helping families move out of poverty and move toward self-sufficiency through employment. 
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • This federal program provides monthly electronic benefits that may be used to purchase food. This program can help stretch a family’s food budget.

    Child Support Services:

    • The county administers a child support program whose goal is to help families work toward becoming or remaining self-sufficient through improved child support collections. By locating and working with both parents to establish and enforce support orders, the county’s child support program helps children receive basic support, medical and childcare support.
    • For general questions, call the Anoka County Economic Assistance Call Center at 763-324-2420. For more information visit The State of Minnesota website. Minnesota Child Support Online offers a secure, interactive website with direct access to case information for those who are already participating in child support.

    Child support programs include the following:

    Child Support Enforcement: Enforce support obligations, collect current and past due support payments, and modify existing obligations. Services include:

    • Locate non-custodial parents
    • Enforce court ordered obligations for basic support, medical support and childcare support
    • Modify existing court orders
    • Work with other states to enforce support when one parent does not live in Minnesota

    Child Support Establishment: Establish a court orders for basic support, medical support, and childcare support. Services include:

    • Locate non-custodial parents

    • Identify and verify sources of income for non-custodial parents

    • Establish child support obligations

    Determine Paternity: To help persons who have a child born outside of marriage to establish a legal parent and child relationship. Services include:

    • Locate alleged fathers
    • Coordinate genetic testing
    • Complete and/or file a Recognition of Parentage document with Minnesota Department of Heath
    • Adjudicate paternity through the court process
    • Establish child support obligations

     Spousal Support: Parties that have a spousal maintenance only order can get help processing payments and keeping track of past due support. These limited services are called income withholding-only services.

    Social Services and Behavioral Health

    • Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)
      • The Parent Support Outreach Program is a voluntary program that provides short-term help to parents to access resources and provide education about such things as housing, transportation, parent education, child development, activities, child care, safety planning, employment and other services.  Anyone who is a resident of Anoka County and has a child 10 years old or younger in the family is eligible for Parent Support Outreach Services.
      • Ph. 763-324-1658
    • Child Foster Care
      • Foster families provide homes for children whose families are unable to care for them. They are asked to take someone else's child into their home, care for the child and treat the child as a member of their family. Foster Care is more than having a child or children in your home on a temporary basis. It is an opportunity to work with the child’s biological parents to help build a child’s future. Often children continue to visit their families until they can be reunited. In addition to food, housing, and clothing, they need emotional support, guidance, and, above all, hope.
      • Ph. 763-324-1230
    • Child Care Assistance
      • Anoka County operates a Child Care Assistance program that helps families pay for childcare so that parents can work, attend school, or look for a job. The family may need to pay a portion of the child care cost. This amount is called a co-pay and is based on family size and income. Family income must be less than 47% State Median Income (SMI) at time of initial application to qualify for funds.
      • Ph. 763-324-2360
    • Children’s Mental Health Intake
      • Children’s Mental Health (CMH) services are VOLUNTARY and must be requested by a parent or legal guardian. An intake social worker will talk with you about your child’s needs and provide you with information on both community resources and the application process for voluntary county services.
      • Ph:  763-324-1430
    • Adult Mental Health
      • Mental health is as important as physical health! Anoka County Adult Mental Health services provides information and referral, screening, case management, and connections to resources in the community.

    If you are dealing with an immediate behavioral health crisis, call the Anoka County Crisis Response line at 763-755-3801. The line is open all day, every day, and there is no charge for the call. 

    Public Health and Environmental Services

    WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

    • A nutrition education and supplemental food benefits program for pregnant and postpartum women, and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk.
    • For those who are income-eligible, WIC provides nutritious food at no cost, nutrition counseling, referrals for health care and immunizations, breastfeeding support, and a list of grocery stores that will exchange WIC benefits for approved foods. WIC served an average of 4,939 women and children per month in 2020.
    • Call 763-324-4230 to schedule an appointment or click Apply for WIC to apply online.

    Family Home Visiting Program

    • Free, confidential, and non-judgmental family services, in your home or other location of your choice. 
    • Our public health nurses will provide you with education and support for a healthy pregnancy and baby, teach you needed skills to meet your children’s needs and increase your confidence as a parent, teach you ways to play with your baby and/or children that will help their brain grow, help make your home a safe and healthy place for your children to live and grow, connect you with resources to meet your specific needs, and more.  
    • In 2020, our public health nurses provided 6,359 family home visits to 482 families. Call our Family Home Visiting Program at 763-324-4240.  

     Environmental Health Services

    • If you eaten out at restaurant or had food delivered, you can be assured the food you eat from your local businesses is safe because every food-serving establishment – including schools and the corn dog stand at the county fair – is licensed and inspected by our public health team. 
    • We can help you protect your drinking water if you’re on a well. Learn more about our Well Water Testing Program
    •  Our Recycling and Resource Solutions area can help you reduce, reuse and recycle. Everything from composting kitchen scraps grass to accepting household hazardous waste like oil containers and other chemicals at our drop-off facility. 
    • Not sure what to do with a particular item? Check out our Recycling and Disposal Directory either online or via the app! 

    Community Corrections

    • Anoka County Corrections utilizes a variety of specialized services dealing with the specific needs of the populations presented to us. The department focuses on the special needs of those struggling with substance use disorders, mental health complications, gender-specific needs, and works towards improved public safety through community-based interventions. The department has a female specific caseload, specialty probation officers dealing with domestic violence and sexual offending behaviors, collaborative caseloads for those with significant mental health concerns, and we participate with veterans court and drug Court collaborations. Programming options have never been more robust.

    Community Development

    Community Development administers programs that are state and federally funded. Citizens may encounter these programs primarily while raising families and purchasing or living in a home.a couple holding their toddler up in front of a sold sign by a house

    Homebuyers wishing to purchase a home in Anoka County:  Anoka County participates in the State’s MN Housing Start Up Program for first time homebuyers:

    • Program is available to first time homebuyers looking to purchase homes in Anoka County.
    • Per MN Housing:  a first-time homebuyer is someone who has never purchased a home or hasn’t purchased one within the last three years.
    • Program is a source of mortgage funding with up to $17,000 available for down payment/closing cost assistance to qualified buyers.
    • Potential buyers need to use a lender who is approved by MN Housing.  Their online lender list includes many well know banks and mortgage companies. Visit:  https://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/np/findalender to find a lender.
    • There are income limits and property cost limits that can’t be exceeded.

     Results of the 2020 Start Up Program Year:

    • A total of $77,660,950 in mortgage funding was spent to purchase property in Anoka County.
    • A total of 349 loans were issued in 18 of the county’s 21 municipalities.  This is the highest number of loans committed in the last 20 years of our participation in this program.

     For more “Start Up” information & guidelines visit:  https://www.anokacounty.us/161/Home-Buyers

    Radon Kits

    • Kit tests for this colorless, odorless radioactive gas that may cause (after long-term exposure) lung cancer.
    • To receive radon kit:
      1. Download and complete radon form from website: https://www.anokacounty.us/2402/Radon-Information 
      2. Include $10 per kit requested and we will mail kit/s to homeowner.
      3. Owner mails completed test to address noted on kit – State (not county) will mail homeowner test results. 

    Homeowners needing home repairs to improve health, accessibility, code and safety issues in their homes:

    •  CDBG funded Homeowner Rehabilitation program- This program is designed to help low- and moderate-income families make health, safety, and energy improvements to their homes. Common repairs include new roofs; windows; siding; purchase of energy efficient furnace or water heater. Homeowners receive a zero-interest deferred loan with no payments due until the property is sold or refinanced.
    • MN Housing Home Rehabilitation and Emergency & Accessibility loan programs- These programs are like the CDBG funded programs but serve lower income households. The emergency program helps a family replace a furnace or other big ticket item that has stopped working or been red tagged. The emergency loans can often be turned around in 5 days. The accessibility loan program or can be used to install ramps; grab bars; widen doorways or other improvements that make a home safe for a person with accessibility needs.
    • Manufactured home rehabilitation program- This program helps families living in substandard manufactured homes make improvements for health and safety types of repairs. This program is funded by MN Housing and is a grant program for low income owners living in manufactured housing.
    • Department of Agriculture Best Management Program- homeowners experiencing failing wells and/or septic systems may have these systems repaired or replaced. The loan is paid by placing a special assessment on the property taxes and allows the homeowner to pay off the loan in 5 years under $20,000 or 10 years for loans over $20,000. The special assessment is collected twice a year as part of the property tax payment.

Senior Citizens

April 25-May 1, 2021

Parks

Anoka County Parks feature 11,500 acres of open space where you can hike, bike, fish or just take in a quiet and peaceful setting. Purchase your annual vehicle permit today and join us year-round. Permits are valid at all Anoka and Washington County parks! Be sure to check out all the fun seasonal programs and activities at our brand new website at www.anokacountyparks.com 

Upcoming programs and events in your parks include:

Bird Walk Series
April 27; Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Visitor Center, 9 - 11 am
All Ages Join an experienced birder on a walk through one of Anoka County’s beautiful parks. an elderly black man outside holding a planter of colorful flowersEnjoy seeing or hearing 20 to 60 species of birds. A checklist of Minnesota birds and a map of each area will be provided. All birding abilities are welcome. Register here.

Banfill-Locke Virtual Classes
 
Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm: Virtual Reading Series, https://www.banfill-locke.org/reading-series
Zoom Open Studios (email [email protected] for more info)

Bookmark our Parks Event Calendar, or sign up to receive messages about upcoming recreation opportunities and your next adventure is just a click away! You can also call us at 763-324-3300, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

U of M Extension - Anoka County

Anoka County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, work, and in your community. https://extension.umn.edu/local/anoka

Master Gardeners Get help from a master gardener, become a master gardener, plant sales, plant and insect diagnostic clinics. Do you love gardening? Do you have a desire for life-long learning? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge or skills with others? If so, you may be a good candidate for the Master Gardener volunteer program. Visit the Anoka County Master Gardeners website for gardening information along with a complete list of upcoming events. 

Ask A Master Gardener Online
Got yard & garden questions? Join Anoka County Master Gardeners live on Zoom every Tuesday evening during gardening season and get your questions answered! Tuesdays, April 13 - September 28 from 6:30 - 8pm. Visit anokamastergardeners.org for the meeting link. Free!

Libraries

  • Residents who are unable to visit a library in person due to temporary or permanent disability can have library materials mailed to them for free through our Books by Mail program
  • Patrons who enjoy researching their family history can use free our Genealogy Resources  like Ancestry.com
  • Get tech help like setting up an email account or navigating the internet one on one with expert librarians or learn new skills with our online Computer Resourcesan elderly woman sitting in front of shelves full of books reading
  • Avoid scams and identity theft with classes like Protecting Your Privacy Online and Introduction to Social Media 
  • Enjoy programs on local history and meet others with similar interests at classes like Bizarre History of Minnesota – Strange Stories From Our Past and Sewing: The Original Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Hear from local and best-selling authors at events like our Club Book author visits and our annual Local Author Fair
  • Connect with other readers and writers in the community at Writing Groups, Book Clubs, and writing classes like Starting Your Writing Life at 55+ and Writing Your Memoir.  Host your own book club by checking out a Book Club in a Bag kit with 8 copies of a title, discussion questions, and a 6 week checkout period
  • Get creative and learn new artistic skills with free classes taught by local artists. Use our Creativebug resource to work at your own pace with over 1000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Upcoming programs and events at your libraries include:

Copywriting Tips and Tricks
Copywriting has a language all its own, and this seminar will explore the tricks and traps in the practice. We’ll look at headlines, writing to sell, capturing attention, and much more. Using what we’ve discussed and learned, we’ll work through a number of specific writing challenges, including your own.

This program will be presented virtually via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed an invitation link prior to the program start. 04/26/2021, 6 - 7:30 p.m., 55+

Resilience Book Club
We’re all in this together! Join us for one or for both of these resilience-themed book clubs. You will need an Internet enabled device or computer to participate via Zoom. Register below and a Zoom link will be emailed to you before the program. 

Upcoming discussions include: 

  • April 28: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • May 26: Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom                                                                        Columbia Heights Public Library, 55+

Northtown Writing Group          
Want to meet other writers in your community? Join us for a low-stakes, supportive writing group and learn new techniques, find fellow writers, and write! This program will occur virtually. If you wish, set aside some time to chat about what you are working on! Please register for the event, and this will ensure that you receive a link to the WebEx event.   04/28/2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m., 55+

Adult Book Club
The April book selection is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. You will need an Internet enabled device or computer to participate via Zoom meetings. Register here and a meeting link will be emailed to you prior to the book club discussion. 04/21/2021, 10-11 a.m., Columbia Heights Public Library, 55+

Conversation Circle with the Metro North ABE 
The Monday evening Conversation Circle for ESL learners is offered online through the Metro North Adult Basic Education Center. For more information, and to enroll, click here. 04/26/2021, 6-7 p.m., Columbia Heights Public Library, Adult, English Language Learning.

Beginning Bird Identification 
Birdwatching is a hobby that can provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. Be introduced to the basic elements of identifying birds using shape, size and flight/feeding patterns. Columbia Heights Public Library 55+

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Did you know about 20,800 veterans call Anoka County home?  Our Veteran Services staff provide professional, caring, and quality assistance to veterans and their dependents in obtaining benefits they so richly deserve though county, state, and federal programs. Anoka County Veterans Services Officers (CVSO) assist about 4,000 people annually receive $170.9 million in total VA benefits.

We can help you apply for a variety of benefits, from disability compensation and VA health care, to Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension for elderly veterans or widows who are in need of assistance to offset some of their monthly medical expenses for assisted living, nursing home care, or in-home care.

Disabled Veterans' Homestead Property Tax Exclusion 

This program reduces the market value of the home that is subject to property taxes. There are two exclusion levels: Up to $300,000 of market value is excluded from property taxes for:

  • Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of 100 percent permanent and total
  • Surviving spouses of qualifying veterans and service members
  • Qualifying primary family caregivers of permanently and totally disabled veterans.

Up to $150,000 of market value is excluded from property taxes for:

  • veterans with a 70 percent or higher service-connected disability rating
  • qualifying primary family caregivers of veterans with a 70 percent or higher service-connected disability rating.

Learn more by contacting Anoka County Veteran Services at 763-324-4500.

RSVP - Property Tax Refund Assistance

Tax Help Anoka County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will offer limited appointments by phone, beginning July 7th to help senior citizens and people with disabilities who qualify for a state refund apply for their homeowners/renters Minnesota property tax refund. Volunteer tax preparers will answer your property tax questions and assist you in filling out your M1PR form, which you will then mail to the MN Dept. of Revenue. For updates, please call 763-324-1480.  

Property Records and Taxation       

The county maintains all property records including ownership and assessed value. We keep records on more than 140,000 properties and process about 75,000 real estate documents annually. You can also look up property information online and pay your property taxes via our website.

Property Tax Deferral for Seniors

The Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral program limits the amount of property tax a senior pays to three percent of their total household income. This is not a tax forgiveness program; rather it is a low interest loan from the state and a lien is attached to the property. To be eligible, you must be age 65 and older and have a household income of $60,000 or less. Learn more by calling the Tax Operations Division of the MN Dept of Revenue at 651-556-4803 or go to https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/property-tax-deferral-senior-citizens

Vital Records

You can request a copy of a death record at our Vital Statistics office in the Government Center. If you have any questions, please call 763-324-1360. We also serve as Notary Public.Sign in front of building with words vote here and little american flags.

Elections and Voter Registration

Our office of Elections and Voter Registration provides voter registration and election administration for federal, state and local elections. In the last presidential election, we counted 212,016 ballots, including nearly 118,000 absentee ballots. https://www.anokacounty.us/220/Elections-Voter-Registration If you want to get more involved, you can sign up to be an election judge. Go to https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/get-involved/become-an-election-judge/ for information.

License and Passport Center

Tab renewals, DNR registrations, plates, and more! From first car to your last, we can help you out. Due to Covid, we are appointment-only but you can do many things over the phone or by using our drop boxes. https://www.anokacounty.us/221/License-Passport-Centers

Disability Parking Permits - bring in the application form from a doctor and we can help.

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Human Services

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Anoka County Senior Employment Program SCSEP assists underemployed, low-income County residents who are at least 55 years old with paid part-time community-based employment. Services available include career counseling, job search assistance, resume writing, interview skill building and more! Complete an inquiry online at www.anokacounty.us/jtcapply

Our Job Training Center is here to serve you. Check out this complete guide to our CareerForce programs, services, and contact information.

Senior Services

Adults, age 60 and over, have access to many high-quality programs and services through Anoka County Senior Services and other community programs, which can assist them and their family members in learning about community resources. Social workers are available to speak about concerns over the phone.https://www.anokacounty.us/654/Senior-Services Ph:  763-324-1410

Resource Links: 

Programs and Services for Seniors

Disability and Senior Services

Basic Needs 

Adult Foster Care

Adult foster care is a licensed living arrangement in a private home that provides food, lodging, supervision and household services for qualified individuals. Also available is help with personal care and medication. Adult foster care providers are primary caregivers for adults who cannot live alone. Caregivers are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human services through Anoka County. For more information about residents’ qualifications call Adult Foster Care at 763-324-1230. 

Long Term Services and Supports

If you or a loved one need assistance at home, a MnCHOICES assessment is required to determine what long-term care programs and services are best for you. Even if you are not eligible for public benefits, a certified assessor can assist you in understanding what services, accommodations, and resources exist.https://www.anokacounty.us/3343/How-to-Get-Started Ph: 763-324-1450

Economic Assistance

The Economic Assistance Department provides public assistance programs for single adults and seniors.

Public Assistance Programs: Eligibility for public assistance programs vary based on different requirements such as income, assets, and household composition. If you reside in Anoka County and you have questions on how to apply for benefits, call the EZ INFO line at 763-422-7200. 

  • General Assistance (GA) GA provides a small monthly cash grant to adults or married couples with serious illness, disabilities or other circumstances that limit their ability to work.
  • Emergency General Assistance (EGA) This program provides emergency assistance to people who are not eligible for federally funded EA, primarily single adults, and are in an emergency most typically related to shelter and utility issues, such as an eviction or utility shut-off.
  • Housing Support (HS) This is a state-funded program that pays for room and board costs for adults with low incomes who have a disability or are 65 or old.  Recipients live in a licensed facility, or an authorized community-based setting.
  • Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) MSA provides a supplemental monthly cash benefit to persons who are aged, blind, and/or disabled.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP This federal program provides monthly electronic benefits that may be used to purchase food.  This program can help stretch a person’s food budget.
  • Medical Assistance (MA) MA is a federal program that provides health insurance to persons whose income is insufficient to meet their medical needs, including families, children under age 21, women who are pregnant, adults without children and individuals who are blind or disabled, have a basis of eligibility and meet the eligibility requirements. 
  • MA - Long Term Care (LTC) MA-LTC may pay for nursing home services or in-home services for people who would otherwise need to be in a nursing home.  MA-LTC is for persons who are disabled or age 65 or older.

Social Services and Behavioral Health

  • Adult Mental Health
    • Mental health is as important as physical health! Anoka County Adult Mental Health services provides information and referral, screening, case management, and connections to resources in the community.
  • Family Caregiver Connection The Anoka County Family Caregiver Connection is a network of services for caregivers, family members, and those for whom they care. Out of safety concerns due to COVID-19, most face-to-face assistance has been eliminated until further notice. However, some of these programs may still be available via phone or online. Please contact Jill Agyekum to discuss current service options. 763-324-1608.

If you are dealing with an immediate behavioral health crisis, call the Anoka County Crisis Response line at 763-755-3801. The line is open all day, every day, and there is no charge for the call. 

Public Health and Environmental Services

Environmental Health Services

  • If you eaten out at restaurant or had food delivered, you can be assured the food you eat from your local businesses is safe because every food-serving establishment – including schools and the corn dog stand at the county fair – is licensed and inspected by our public health team. 
  • We can help you protect your drinking water if you’re on a well. Learn more about our Well Water Testing Program

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Transportation

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Transit

Medlink Volunteer Driver Program: A transportation safety net for seniors and veterans

  • Anoka County Medlink coordinates volunteers who generously give their time and vehicle to provide rides to Anoka Countypoint of view from the back seat of a vehicle with a male driver chatting with rider residents.
  • To be eligible you must be one of the following: 
    • A Veteran
    • Senior Citizen over the age of 60 years old
    •  A Client of Anoka County. 

Transportation is provided to medical clinics throughout the Twin Cities region. This includes Veterans Administration medical facilities (including the VA in St. Cloud) and Anoka County Government Offices (for clients).

Medlink provides rides to and from medical, dental, and social service appointments.  Medical and dental trips may be made throughout the metro area while appointments with social services must remain within Anoka County.  

Passengers must be able to travel independently as volunteers are unable to provide assistance. Please call to get registered and/or make a reservation at 763-324-3255.

Drivers Needed! If you'd like to become a volunteer driver, call the Anoka County Transit Office at 763-324-3260. This video highlights why others have chosen to become volunteer drivers. 

Transit Link

  • Anoka County Transit, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Council, provides Transit Link dial-a-ride transit service. This service requires advanced reservations. Transit Link is public transportation that operates where regular fixed-route transit is unavailable. This service operates using accessible buses.
  • Specific information regarding reservations, policies and procedures can be found online at: Transit Link.
  • Metro Mobility service is also available in Anoka County. This service is a shared public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to used regular fixed-route bus due to a disability or health condition. Information can be found at Metro Mobility.

Resources

  • Anoka County Transit- General Information: 763-324-3250, select Prompt 1 for more Transit Link Information 
  • Transit Link Reservations: 651-602-5465
  • Customer Concerns: Anne Walter, Anoka County Transit, 763-324-3106
  • Metro Mobility Customer Relations: 651-602-1111

Community Development

Community Development administers programs that are state and federally funded. Citizens may encounter these programs primarily while living in a home.

HOMEOWNERS needing home repairs to improve health, accessibility, code and safety issues in their homes

Anoka County offers three home rehabilitation programs to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners within Anoka County

General rehab guidelines for all three programs: an elderly couple facing away from the camera in front of their house with arms around each other.

  • Homeowners must complete an application and income qualify to be eligible for assistance.
  • Applicant/s must meet income requirements based on number of members in household.
  • Income calculation must include gross income for all household members 18 years and older.
  • If a rehab is approved and completed, a mortgage (lien) is recorded against the homeowners’ property.
  • The recorded mortgage is a deferred loan with no monthly payments and no interest charged.
  • “Bricks and Sticks” homes are eligible for all three programs.
  • Manufactured/mobile home may only access the two state-funded programs.
  • Payoff of mortgage/lien is triggered by:
    1. Sale of the property; or
    2. The home is no longer the primary residence of the homeowner/s; or
    3. The owner/s refinances and a subordination of the county’s lien is not approved.

Terms for Emergency and Accessibility Home Rehab – a MN Housing (state-funded) program:

  • Emergency and Accessibility (handicap) rehabs for very-low income eligible homeowners.
  • Maximum loan amount is $15,000.
  • Certain (not all) mobile homes may qualify.
  • “Bricks and Sticks” rehabs:   full rehab cost is due for the first 15 years, after which the lien is forgiven.
  • Manufactured/Mobile home rehabs:   full rehab cost is due for the first 10 years, after which the lien is forgiven.

 Terms for Home Rehab – a MN Housing (state-funded) program:

  • This state rehab program is for very-low income homeowners.
  • Maximum loan amount is $27,000.
  • “Bricks and Sticks rehabs:   full rehab cost is due for the first 15 years, after which the lien is forgiven.
  • Manufactured/Mobile rehabs:   full cost of the rehab is due for the first 10 years, after which the lien is forgiven.

 Terms for CDBG Rehab – a federally-funded program:

  • A rehab program for low-to-moderate income owners of “bricks and sticks” homes.
  • Manufactured/Mobile homes are not eligible for the CDBG-funded rehab.
  • Maximum loan amount is $24,999.
  • Full amount of the mortgage is due for first five years, after which the amount is reduced by 50%.  The reduced amount remains due and owing until payment is triggered and is not forgiven. 

 For rehab information-guidelines-applications visit: https://www.anokacounty.us/183/Property-Owners 

Medical Examiner’s Office

At the end of life, our medical examiner’s team of doctors helps families determine and confirm why a loved one died. https://www.anokacounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/14682/Family-Brochure-PDF

Emergency Communications/911

They’re the calming voice in the middle of chaos. The first and most critical contact you have during an emergency. When you dial 911, you’re on the line with an Anoka County dispatcher and in 2020, we answered 390,485 calls for help.