Coon Lake Beach Minnesota, A Magic Place©

Coon Lake Beach Community & Senior Center 182 Forest Road, East Bethel Minnesota. Thanks for Stopping. “The members feel like we’re one great big family,”“Everybody who comes out here .... They just love it.

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Coon Lake Beach and Senior Center Our Story
From an article by Elyse Kaner
Staff writer

Coon Lake Beach on Coon Lake in Anoka County, Minnesota. Arising from a forest of old growth white pines and an advertisement that sold lakeshore property for a bonus along with the cost of a newspaper subscription in 1925, Coon Lake Beach Community and Senior Center (events) has reinvented itself once again, breathing new life into a struggling landmark that was nearly lost to a lack of interest.

Never mind that the center’s location is brandished with a mishmash of addresses: the city of East Bethel, a Wyoming post office, a St. Paul phone number, and children who attend the Forest Lake School District. Members of the center clearly have one goal in mind – to build community. And they have.

The original Coon Lake Beach Clubhouse was built in 1925, where the center now sits. It was the hub of activity for the community. The Minneapolis Star had just bought Coon Lake Beach from landowner Sen. Bob Swanson. The paper then turned around and offered a bonus of 20- by 100-foot lots with the purchase of a six-month subscription. A subscriber could buy no fewer than two lots and not more than 10 for $67.50 apiece, with $10 down and for $2.50 a month, according to a March, 1993 Forest Lake Times article. Buyers jumped at the chance. In the mid 1980s the old clubhouse was torn down to make way for the present building. The outside picnic shelter on the tree-lined lake and playground for kids have served the community well.

Up at the crack of dawn every other Sunday, Beachers, fire up the fixings for the bimonthly pancake breakfast by 5:30 a.m. About 125 people, tempted by pancakes, eggs, sausages, bacon and french toast, turn out for the popular get-together. But that’s only a smidgen of activities offered by the center, which has burgeoned to about 250 members. There’s coffee times, a monthly noon lunch, holiday parties, sign language classes, teen dances and an annual pig roast. In fact, the center’s annual Coon Lake Beach pig roast after 9-11 was so successful that it ran short of food. “I think they (locals) wanted to be with and meet people,” said Paavola Community President, who also serves on East Bethel City Council.

In addition to hosting holiday parties, during Thanksgiving and Christmas, members deliver food baskets to seniors who can’t get out. “I would just cry because these people were so thankful that they were remembered,” Paavola said. “We’re all going to be there one day.”

The center prides itself on participating in civic duties as well. Coon Lake Beach volunteers clean litter from Lexington Avenue to Lincoln Drive to Forest Road. Its Cans for Kids initiative, in which volunteers collect and recycle aluminum cans, has raised funds for children to attend summer events, like trips to Valley Fair.

Last fall, the center started a Coon Lake Beach neighborhood watch, which has resulted in an even closer-knit community. Marlene Collen had such good childhood memories of Coon Lake Beach – costume contests, dunking for apples at the Halloween party, fishing for prizes in the fishing-pond game – that she vowed to become active in the senior center when she retired. Months after her Dec. 31 retirement from an electronic distribution company in Minneapolis, Collen is keeping her promise. She spends hours working on events to keep the center going. I like meeting the people,” she said. “It’s reconnecting with the community again.” Over the years, the center has begun to show wear. It needs repairs. Recently, a new carpet was installed and the walls in the main hall received a fresh coat of paint. But soon it will need a new roof and siding. And the kitchen needs to be painted. “We’re chewing at it a little bit at a time,” Paavola said.

“The members feel like we’re one great big family,” “Everybody who comes out here .... They just love it.”
For more information call: (651) 982-4628.


Come join us for the Pancake Breakfast at our Community Center by the lake, with free wireless high speed internet- the video & some past breakfasts

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Bar Bingo at Smokeys Bar & BBQ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM with Happy Hour from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Check out the specials and play Bar Bingo to support the Coon Lake Community and Senior Center.

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We are pleased to announce the Coon Lake Community and Senior Center (CLCSC) & Coon Lake Improvement Association (CLIA) Saturday Meat Raffle


Where? Here's the map

When: Saturdays at 4:00 PM (Starting this Saturday, January 26,, 2008)
Where: Smokeys Pub & Grill
Who: Volunteers from CLIA and CLCSC
What: Fresh Meat from Soderquist's
Why: Important fund raising event for CLIA and CLCSC

For only $1.00 per number per game, you have an opportunity to win two packages of meat from Soderquists' Market valued at $10.00 each! We typically play between 12 and 16 games each Saturday. It is a lot of fun and you have a chance to meet many of your lake neighbors. Bring a spouse, friend, relative or neighbor and support the Coon Lake Improvement Association & Coon Lake Beach

The following dinner special will be offered every Saturday in February 2008 from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Purple Reign. Saturdays throughout February purchase one regularly priced menu entree and receive a second menu entree of equal or lesser value at 50% of the regular price.

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The Coon Lake Pirate ships, Coon Lake, Anoka, Minnesota
Coon Lake Productions Video: . Second Video up close. See the Local news coverage

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Coon Lake Anoka, MN

Our lake - 1,400+ acres of water make Coon lake the largest lake in Anoka County. For you folks who like to fish, Coon twice held the Minnesota State Record for the White Crappie weighing in at 3 lbs. 4oz. Coon is also a great northern and bass lake.
If fishing is not for you, then how about water skiing, jet skiing, boating or pleasently pontooning. How about a good old fashioned picnic at the beach. With over 230' of sandy beach there is plenty of room to picnic or play water volly ball or just relax and read a good book

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The Wildlife Science Center

Learned about the Center’s wolves through presentations by the staff. Bring the family to future open home shows

The Beachers: A photographic essay of the life at Coon Lake Beach by photographer Peter Dennis. See the Forest Lake Press article here.


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Wikipedia Encyclopedia AllGovermentWebsites The 1957 Fossum O'Kasics Affair. Historical Documents EBay Traffic Cameras

Local Indian Mounds at Howard Lake

The Minnesota Troop Support Website


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