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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, making it the twelfth largest city in Minnesota and the seventh largest Twin Cities suburb. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.34 square miles, of which, 22.61 square miles is land and 0.73 square miles is water. 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.

As of the census 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. There were 24,462 housing units at an average density of 1,081.9 per square mile. 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 out 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.

While commercial traffic on the Mississippi River once passed through Coon Rapids – steamboats could reach as far 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. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highways 47 and 610 are three of the main arterial 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.

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 Mighty Ducks was filmed) sees much activity year round But was sadly demolished in spring of 2012 because of a new unwanted skating rink built nearby. 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.

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.

Source: Coon Rapids on Wikipedia