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Anoka County Business & Economic Development Update




Anoka County Business & Economic Development Update




Anoka County Regional Economic Development


Anoka County Regional Economic Development (ACRED) continues to work with it's community, state and chamber partners to understand the latest resources available to businesses experiencing hardship during the COVID-19 crisis, and how businesses should plan for the various phases of reopening. For the latest COVID-19 Business Resources - please visit the ACRED website.





MN Department of Employment & Economic Development Resources


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has specific industry guidance for businesses allowed to reopen in Phase II of the State Governor's reopening plan.




For additional information related to safely reopening businesses, see the DEED main web page for COVID-19 business resources: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/business/


To understand what industries will be allowed to open in upcoming phases, see the following chart on DEED's website:




Flexible Regulations in Place to Help Restaurants with Outdoor Dining Restrictions

?Cities in Anoka County have found numerous ways to be flexible and innovative to help their restaurant community adjust to COVID-19 impacts. From new temporary relaxed outdoor seating policies to liquor licensing adjustments - cities are working with industries that have faced closures or losses in revenue to remove barriers during a tough time for business.


Contact your local city or township partner to understand specific guidance in your location of business.



Anoka Ramsey and Anoka Technical Colleges Team Up to Host Business Forums


With endless webinars and resources coming at the business community, the area colleges have stepped up to host regular forums with topic experts to give businesses an opportunity to get answers to questions regarding anything from safey requirements to financial hardship resources. The next Forum is Thursday June 4th from 12:00-1:00 PM. Email Jacquel.Hajder@co.anoka.mn.us if you would like to register for these forums.



Virtual Hiring Event Opportunities

CareerForce in Blaine has over 50 employers registered for the virtual hiring event June 3rd. Job Seekers can register here.


If you are an employer that would like to participate in future hiring events - please contact Maria Lourey-Bowen at Maria.Lourey-Bowen@co.anoka.mn.us

Coming Soon - Business 4 Business MSP Program

Anoka County has joined its peer MSP Counties and Private Sector Leaders to unite to support small businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The week of June 1st, we will launch the website and press release with more information.

Website Live Next Week - www.business4businessmsp.com



Anoka County Regional Economic Development

Jacquel.Hajder@co.anoka.mn.us | www.anokacountysuccess.org


Anoka County Hazardous Waste Facility NOW OPEN

The facility will be open to the public on Thursdays (11am-3pm) and Saturdays (9am-2pm). Beginning June 1st the facility will fully open with NEW summer hours: Wednesdays (1pm - 7pm) and Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (9am – 3pm). The facility will no longer be open on Mondays. 


May, 2020
Day                                  Hours
Thursday, May 21st 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 23rd 9am-2pm
Thursday, May 28th 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 30th 9am-2pm

Summer Hours 

Day                  Hours
Wednesday 1pm - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Friday      9am - 3pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm


Lexington's Mayors Minutes Spring of 2020

Mayor Mike Murphy gives an update on things the city is working on this spring.


Click here  to watch the video.

MSHSL cancelled the Section 4AAA Girls Fastpitch tournament that was scheduled to be held in Memorial Park

With the declaration on April 23rd schools will remain in distance learning for the remainder if the year, due to this sports will be cancelled, this includes the Section 2AAA Girl fast pitch tournament

You can read the news release below.


MSHSL Cancellation of 2019-2020 Activities.pdf

News Release MSHSL April 23 2020.pdf


Southeast Health Announces COVID-19 Testing Criteria

Shared from the Centennial Lakes Police Department


The FBI wants you to be aware of the following COVID-19 Testing Schemes:

Beware of individuals who contact you in person, by phone, or by email to tell you the government or government officials require you to take a COVID-19 test. These scammers will likely ask for your health insurance information, including your Medicare or Medicaid number, and other personal information. Prior health care fraud investigations have shown that once scammers obtain an individual’s personal information, they use it to bill federal health care programs and/or private health insurance plans for tests and procedures the individual did not receive and pocket the proceeds. Be cautious of any unsolicited offers that require or request your medical insurance information.

Also beware of individuals offering to sell you a COVID-19 test kit or supplies, especially when these contacts are unexpected. A physician or other trusted health care provider should assess your condition and approve any
requests for COVID-19 testing. Some scammers are selling fake at-home test kits; some are even going       door-to-door and performing fake tests for money. Legitimate tests are offered free to patients when administered by a health care professional.

PUBLIC NOTICE ~ Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program




Notice is hereby given, the( Lexington Planning & Zoning Commission will be taking comments and suggestions on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) from May 1 through May 29, 2020.  

Due to Covid-19 pandemic and Governor Walz executive order to “shelter-in-place,” the Planning & Zoning Commission will not be holding a public hearing this year; however, anyone wishing to make a comment on the SWPPP is invited to provide written or verbal comments until 4:30 p.m. on May 29, 2020.  Comments may be received via phone call, in person, written letter, email, or our Facebook page notice.  

(763) 784-2792  |  9180 Lexington Ave. Lexington, MN 55014  |  Email  |  Facebook

Bill Petracek
City Administrator

Centennial Lakes Police Department Message to Residents

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme challenge for us all!  We also recognize that this is when people need us the most. Our mission doesn’t change, if anything it becomes even more important.  Our officers are committed to serving and protecting our three Cities as they know this challenge is also an opportunity to demonstrate once again our core values of “Serving with Courage and Compassion”.    

Our primary concern is the safety and health of our community members, which includes our officers, first responders, and our underappreciated and heroic health care workers and EMS medics.  Our officers and civilian staff members have families also; they are husbands, wives, parents, and children to others.  An officer’s family is accustomed to being concerned about the safety of their loved one every time they leave to go to work, but this is different. They all know that our officers must continue to go into homes and places that others don’t, respond to medical and emergency calls, and even have to physically take people into custody who may be combative or ill.  They are all very aware that this profession is no longer just a threat to their family member who is a police officer, but can be dangerous for them also.  Please keep all of our responders and health care workers and their families in your thoughts and prayers!     

I want to assure you that we have made many changes in the last several weeks to protect our officers and our community members.  We have been working very closely with the City Administrators and Mayors of our three Cities and we all have been making changes literally every day as this situation evolves.  Some of the changes you may or may not notice include:

  • An emergency work schedule has been put in place that will separate much of our work force and guarantee that we have continuity of operations and can continue to provide the same service that we always have.
  • We are establishing mutual-aid arrangements with neighboring law enforcement agencies.
  • Our officers will continue to respond to any call, but if a call can be handled over the phone, we will encourage people to allow us to do that. This limits the potential for spreading the virus to you or to an officer.
  • Our inner lobby has been closed to the public.We will screen those who come for service. When you arrive at the station there is a phone in the vestibule (outer lobby) that you can pick up and call to speak with a staff member or a dispatcher in case of an emergency. We will allow those into the inner lobby when it is necessary.
  • We ask that you minimize routine lobby related requests until further notice.
  • Staff has been provided with individual personal protective gear and the CDC guidelines on when to use them.If you see an officer wearing them it is because they are on a call and following safety protocols, there is NO reason to be alarmed.
  • We are continuing to provide the same level of patrol to our three Cities and to take law enforcement action wherever and whenever necessary.

We do not know how long this will last, this is all very fluid and we are doing our best to be flexible and to keep everyone updated. 

The Centennial Lakes Police would like to thank you for the support you have shown and how you are caring for each other.  These challenges always bring out the best in people, we are seeing that again across the country, and especially in our Centennial Lakes area community. 

Please continue to care for and check in on each other, and live up to the reputation that the Cities of Centerville, Circle Pines, and Lexington are places full of caring and supportive people.

Please take care and stay healthy!

CLPD Chief Jim Coan



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