Rosie The Beagle Is Missing

While walking through the Islands of Peace Regional Park in Fridley today, I noticed several flyers taped around the park, alerting us about a lost Beagle named Rosie.

So if you are in that area by the Mississippi River around 694, keep an eye out for Rosie the Beagle.

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It’s stressful enough for coaches and athletes competing at a state tournament, but how about trying to save someone’s life just before you are supposed to compete?

It happened last week at the State Dance competition at the Target Center in Minneapolis when a 1-year-old boy stopped breathing.

The Fridley dance team considers themselves one big family. So just before they performed last Friday night, Coach Angela Burkhardt-Bixby put her 1-year-old son Colton in the hands of freshman dancer Lizzy Streitz so she could go to the bathroom.

“He’s one of those kids who falls asleep in whoever is holding him in their arms,” said Streitz.

This time Colton didn’t fall asleep. Instead, he stopped breathing and began turning blue. Not knowing what was wrong, Streitz began yelling for help.

“We heard screaming in the hallway- ‘He’s not breathing! He’s not breathing! Somebody please help,’” said Jen Stumm, coach of the Zumbrota-Mazeppa dance team. Stumm’s team was getting ready to go on the floor when she saw Streitz running towards her.

“Things are moving so fast at that point you don’t have the chance to stop and think about what’s really going on. You just do,” said Stumm.

The two teams started working together to save Colton’s life. Streitz called 911 and Jen, along with her assistant coaches, began using her CPR training.

After minutes of frantically giving Colton chest compressions, he began to breathe and then cry.

“That was the best sound we could have heard,” Stumm said.

He was rushed to Children’s Hospital, where doctors determined he had a febrile seizure due to a fever, but said he will be okay.

“I’m just happy he’s better and is his usual playful self,” said Streitz.

Colton’s mom said the Target Center staff also played a big role in helping their son, as they made sure they got to the ambulance okay.

Doctors said Colton won’t have any long-term health problems.

Fridley Community Park (2011)


Suspicious activity. Someone called police to report that a man was reflecting the sun at cars using a large mirror on the 100 block of Osborne Way NE. Officers located the 46-year-old man, and he told them he was trying to connect with a Russian solar system in space. Officers advised him to cease the activity and go in the house. He complied.

I love you Anoka County, don’t you ever change.

Swindlers and con-men using Craigslist to rob people is nothing new. But this latest case out of Fridley may take the cake.

Even police say this thief may never be caught. Fridley police say their suspect broke into the Godfathers Pizza on University Avenue. He then changed the locks on the door and put the pizza ovens up for sale on Craigslist.

He let the buyers in and when they handed over 64-hundred dollars he disappeared. However the next day the real owners showed up while movers were trying to pull out appliances and pizza ovens. The sellers lost their cash. Police say they can’t trace the cell phone number because it was a throw away that can be bought at any store. And the address of the internet provider was traced back to a cemetery in Los Angeles.

All they know is that the “seller” went by the name “Gary” and he has brown hair and wears glasses.

Even after two cups of coffee in the morning, I am barely functional in my day to day activities, and impress myself when I complete my daily to-do list. And what did this guy do?

Ran a Craigslist Ad
Changed the locks on the store
Ran the internet address out of a cemetery in Los Angeles
Scored $6400 in cash

And pulled it off

The lesson learned?

Never turn your back on Anoka County.