Coon Rapids, Minnesota

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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
City
CR Logo.jpg
Location of the city of Coon Rapidswithin Anoka County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Coon Rapids
within Anoka County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°07′12″N 93°17′15″W / 45.12000°N 93.28750°W / 45.12000; -93.28750Coordinates: 45°07′12″N 93°17′15″W / 45.12000°N 93.28750°W / 45.12000; -93.28750
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Anoka
Government
 • Mayor Tim Howe
Area[1]
 • City 23.34 sq mi (60.45 km2)
 • Land 22.61 sq mi (58.56 km2)
 • Water 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
Elevation 860 ft (259 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 61,476
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 61,931
 • Density 2,719.0/sq mi (1,049.8/km2)
 • Metro 3,318,486 (US: 16th)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55433, 55448
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-13114
GNIS feature ID 0641479[4]
Website www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us

Coon Rapids is a northern suburb of Minneapolis, and is the largest city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 61,476 at the 2010 census,[5] making it the twelfth largest city in Minnesota and the seventh largest Twin Cities suburb.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.34 square miles (60.45 km2), of which, 22.61 square miles (58.56 km2) is land and 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2) is water.[1] Recreational lakes in the city include Cenaiko Lake and Crooked Lake, two-thirds of which is in Coon Rapids. The other third is in the city of Andover, immediately to the north.

Transportation[edit]

Coon Rapids Dam
Coon Rapids Dam

While commercial traffic on the Mississippi River once passed through Coon Rapids - steamboats could reach as far north as St. Cloud under certain conditions - the construction of the Coon Rapids Dam marked the city as the northern terminus of the navigable portion of the river.

U.S. Highway 10 and Minnesota State Highways 47 and 610 are three of the main routes in the city.

Coon Rapids Riverdale Station is served by the Northstar Commuter Rail line connecting the northwest suburbs and downtown Minneapolis; the line opened in November 2009.[6]

Government[edit]

The city of Coon Rapids has a council–manager form of government, and its current mayor is Tim Howe. While mayoral and council member elections in Coon Rapids are nonpartisan, Howe has been endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

As of the 2012 election, Coon Rapids is represented in the State House by districts 35B (Peggy Scott, Republican), 36A (Mark Uglem, Republican), 36B (Melissa Hortman, Democrat) and 37A (Jerry Newton, Democrat); and in the State Senate by districts 35 (Branden Peterson, Republican), 36 (John Hoffman, Democrat) and 37 (Alice Johnson, Democrat).

Coon Rapids is located partially in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, represented by Republican Erik Paulsen, and partially in Minnesota's 6th congressional district, represented by Republican Michele Bachmann.

Mayors[edit]

Since its incorporation as a city in 1952, Coon Rapids, Minnesota has had 14 mayors:

  • Joe Nelson (1952–1953)
  • Glenn Haven (1954–1955)
  • Leslie B. Mason (1956–1958)
  • Irving Nelson (1958–1959)
  • Joe Craig (1960–1967)
  • Robert Voss (1968–1971)
  • Donald Erlandson (1972–1975)
  • George White (1976–1979)
  • David S. McCauley (1980–1981)
  • Robert B. Lewis (1982–1989)
  • Richard S. Reiter (1990–1991)
  • William F. Thompson (1992–1998)
  • Ilona McCauley (1999–2002)
  • Tim Howe (2003–present)

Mayor Howe was elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. The next mayoral election will take place in 2014.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 14,931
1970 30,505 104.3%
1980 35,826 17.4%
1990 52,978 47.9%
2000 61,627 16.3%
2010 61,476 −0.2%
Est. 2011 61,904 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 61,476 people, 23,532 households, and 16,323 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,719.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,049.8 /km2). There were 24,462 housing units at an average density of 1,081.9 per square mile (417.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.0% White, 5.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 23,532 households of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 61,627 people, 22,578 households, and 16,572 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,718.1 people per square mile (1,049.5/km²). There were 22,828 housing units at an average density of 1,007.2 per square mile (388.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.22% White, 2.18% African American, 0.67% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 22,578 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,550, and the median income for a family was $62,260. Males had a median income of $41,195 versus $30,277 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,915. About 3.6% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation[edit]

The water level of the Mississippi River upstream from the Coon Rapids Dam is raised during the summer months to allow its use as a six mile recreational pool. Anoka-Ramsey Community College has an active theater department, and the Coon Rapids High School hosts musicals, concerts, and pageants. Numerous community events are scheduled at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, including a summer concert series.

The Cook Ice Arena (where part of the movie The Mighty Ducks was filmed) saw much activity year round, but was demolished in spring of 2012 because of a new skating rink built nearby.[7] A steadily expanding trail system attracts bikers and walkers alike. In 2007, a section extending north from the old city hall was added, and in 2008 a tunnel under the railroads tracks connected Hoover Elementary School with Rockslide Park.

Sand Creek Park is the site of Independence Day fireworks (sponsored by the Coon Rapids Lions Club) and carnival (sponsored by the Coon Rapids Firefighters), skateboarding competitions, softball, and other community events. Numerous sliding hills dot the city for free winter fun, and there are several dozen playgrounds found in schools and neighborhoods. It is also the home of Coon Rapids/Andover American Little League.

Cheap Skate (indoor skating rink), Lilliput (mini-golf, bumper boats, and Go-Karts), and Grand Slam (batting cages, laser tag, video arcade, other activities) offer fun for mostly the younger crowd.

Bunker Hills Park is the site of the world famous Bunker Hills Golf Course, which previously hosted the Senior PGA Tour and currently hosts the Coon Rapids Lions Club Spring Classic Golf tournament and Galaxie Dinner, and the Bunker Beach Water Park.

The Coon Rapids / Andover American Little League (CRALL) came within one win of the Central Region Title in 1991 and came within one win of the Little League World Series. 2013 MLB Draftee and Florida Gator Logan Shore played his Little League career at CRALL Coon Rapids / Andover American Little League repeated this feat again in 2013, coming with in one victory of becoming the Mid-west Champions. They outscored their opponents a Little League Record 71-6 in their bid for the championship, losing by one run in the Championship game. The team consisted of: Wil Goodin, Brett Eagles, Lucas McCain, Jon Koenig, Luke Medved, Nick Dainty, Braden Farley, Nolan Belschner, Luke Backowski, Isiah Petrusson, Matthew Brodeur, Carsen Syke, Jackson Bates

The Coon Rapids National Little League baseball (CRNLL) team won the Midwest Regional Title in 2007 and played in the Little League World Series. The team was knocked out of the pool round of competition. When the team lost, scandals arose after ESPN caught 2 players from the CRNLL spitting on their hands before the game ending tradition "shaking of hands" with the opposing team. The team was sent home in embarrassment. [8] Ever since this demoralizing blow, CRNLL has been a source of controversy

Citizens of Coon Rapids are very civic minded and there are several civic organizations here. One such organization, The now defunct Coon Rapids Jaycees started the annual "Snowflake Days" Festival in the early 1960s. Part of the festivities is the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant. Three Miss Coon Rapids winners have gone on to become Miss Minnesota.

Following the disbanding of the Coon Rapids Jaycees both the Snowflake Days festival and the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant were incorporated in 1986.

Notable People[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Beginning in February 2000, Coon Rapids was repeatedly mentioned in the Doonesbury comic strip as the setting for Uncle Duke's inept presidential campaign that year. Headquartered at the fictional "EZ-Rest Motor Lodge" (which might be a stand-in for the old Birchview Motel), the campaign was no doubt inspired by Jesse Ventura's political rise. One strip mentioned Anoka and Fridley as well.

In addition to the newspaper strips, Coon Rapids was the setting for a number of animated videos accompanying the Duke 2000 campaign.

Then-mayor Ilona McCauley corresponded with Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau and the incident was later the subject of an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Levy, Paul (2007-12-11). "Northstar set to roll, but how far?". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  7. ^ Peter Bodley (August 11, 2011). "Coon Rapids awards contract to demolish buildings". www.ecmpublishers.info. ECM Publishers, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.startribune.com/local/11588466.html

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