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Jan 19, 2023

SnowBLAST Returns Feb 4

The Columbia Heights' SnowBLAST festival debuted in 2021 as part of the City’s 100th anniversary and returns for its third year this February in Huset Park. Read More
Jan 09, 2023

AARP Appointment Line Opens Jan 16

The AARP Appointment Line opens on Jan 16 with appointments being held on Thursdays from Feb 9-April 13. Read More
Jan 03, 2023

Roll Call Podcast: New Episodes

Two new episodes of the CHPD podcast Roll Call were released in December. Special guests included the outgoing County Attorney and Sheriff.  Read More
Dec 29, 2022

Refuse & Recycling Providers Change Jan 1

Walters and Haul Star collection services will take over for Waste Management starting Jan 1. Read More
Dec 28, 2022

Business of the Year Program Established

This fall, the Columbia Heights Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved a new Business of the Year nomination program. Read More
Dec 22, 2022

2022 Employee of the Year Is Jeff Hanson

Congratulations to the City's 2022 Employee of the Year, IT System Administrator Jeff Hanson! Read More
Dec 16, 2022

2023 City Wall Calendar Now Available At City Hall

The 12 featured images for the 2023 Art of Columbia Heights wall calendar have been selected and the calendar is now available to purchase at City Hall (590 40th Ave NE) for $10.  Read More
Dec 08, 2022

Holiday Light Map Now Online

Looking for a fun family activity this holiday season? Tour holiday lights in Columbia Heights and surrounding cities! A downloadable map is now available. Read More
Dec 01, 2022

New Waste Collection Services Start Jan 1

This October, the City Council chose not to renew the City’s contract with Waste Management and instead approved a joint contract with Walters Recycling & Refuse and Haulstar Sanitation. Read More
Nov 30, 2022

Holiday Train Returns Dec 13

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling through Columbia Heights for the first time since 2019 on Dec 13, 8 pm. Read More
Nov 18, 2022

2023 City Wall Calendar Now Available for Pre-Order

The 12 featured images have been selected and the calendar will be available in early December.  Read More
Nov 09, 2022

2022 Holiday Light Map Sign-Up

Planning some impressive holiday decorations this year? Sign-up to have your address added to our 2022 North Suburban Holiday Light Map for families to drive around and enjoy this season. Read More
Oct 25, 2022

Local Artists: Wall Calendar Submission Deadline Is Nov 1

Art submissions for the City's 2023 wall calendar are being accepted through Nov 1.  Read More
Oct 24, 2022

Truck or Treat is Sat, Oct 29

Truck or Treat returns for its fifth year Sat, Oct 29, 1-4 pm, at Huset Park East! Kids and their parents can explore a variety of vehicles. Read More
Oct 18, 2022

New Bulk Recycling Pick Up Underway

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving started collecting bulky items or rubbish including appliances and electronics as of Oct 17, 2022. Read More
Oct 10, 2022

Fire Prevention Open House Is Oct 15

The annual Fire Department Open House will be Oct 15, 11 am to 2 pm, at the Columbia Heights fire station, 825 41st Ave NE. The event is free and includes fun activities for the whole family! Read More
Sep 27, 2022

Communications Staff Garners Honors

The City garnered four awards from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) 2022 Northern Lights contest. Read More
Sep 26, 2022

New Curbside Yard Waste Service Starts Sept 26

Curbside yard waste service will no longer require requests for a scheduled pick-up. Read More
Sep 21, 2022

Watch the General Election Mayor and Council Candidate Forum Online

Watch the League of Women Voters and Columbia Heights General Election City Council and Mayoral Meet the Candidates Forum online now. Read More
Sep 14, 2022

Movie in the Park Postponed to Sept 30

Due to potential rain on Fri, Sept 23, Movie in the Park is being rescheduled to Fri, Sept 30, at 7:15 pm. Read More
Sep 08, 2022

Fall Yard Waste Collection Update

Daily yard waste collection begins on Sept 26. Read More
Sep 07, 2022

Single Family Rental Moratorium Approved

On Aug 22, the City Council approved Ordinance 1678. Ordinance 1678 places a moratorium on the receipt, processing, or approval of any new rental license for single-family residential structures. Read More
Sep 06, 2022

Youth Commission Application Deadline is Sept 9

Ten seats are open on the Columbia Heights Youth Commission for the term beginning Oct 1, 2022. Read More
Aug 31, 2022

Meet the Candidates Forum is Sept 19

The League of Women Voters ABC is hosting a City Council and Mayoral Meet the Candidates Forum on Sept 19 from 6-7:35 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall (590 40th Ave NE). Read More
Aug 23, 2022

Movie in the Park Aug 25: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The City's Movie in the Park series continues on Aug 25, at 8 pm, with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sponsored by the Sister Cities. The free event will be held in Huset Park West. Read More
Aug 16, 2022

Adopt-A-Tree Volunteers Needed

Would you like a boulevard tree planted by the City in front of your home? The City is looking for volunteers to adopt a boulevard tree planted by the City in 2022. Read More
Aug 09, 2022

Movie In the Park Aug 11: Ferris Bueller's Day Off!

The City's Movies in the Park series returns Aug 11, 8:30 pm, with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The free event will be held in Huset Park West.  Read More
Aug 02, 2022

Direct Balloting for Primary Election Begins Today, Aug 2

If you are unable to vote in person on Primary Election Day (Tue, Aug 9), you can vote by absentee ballot. Read More
Aug 02, 2022

Music In The Park Concert Aug 3

Aug 3 Music in the Park Concert: Pickle, Huset Park East, 6:30-8 pm, behind the Jefferson Building. This is a FREE event with food trucks on site. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair. Pets welcome. Read More
Jul 29, 2022

Watch the Mayoral and Council Primary Candidates Forums Here

The City of Columbia Heights, in partnership with the League of Women Voters ABC, held a “Meet the Candidates" Forum for mayoral and council primary candidates July 18. Watch online. Read More
Jul 21, 2022

EDA Expands Façade Improvement Grant Program

Earlier this month, the EDA expanded its Façade Improvement Grant Program to include eligible locations all along Central Ave in Columbia Heights. Read More
Jul 14, 2022

Meet the Candidates Forum Is July 18

Columbia Heights primary candidates for Council and Mayor will have a chance to introduce themselves to the public and answer questions at the Meet the Candidates Forum July 18, 6-8:30 pm. Read More
Jul 13, 2022

National Night Out is Aug 2; Register to Win Free Pizza

National Night Out is just a few weeks away (Tue, Aug 2) and the Columbia Heights Police Department wants you to register your block party! Read More
Jul 12, 2022

DNR Parks Pass Grant Program Expands to Columbia Heights

The Columbia Heights Public Library is participating in a DNR grant program to encourage state park use by low-income individuals and first-time park users. Read More
Jul 11, 2022

Absentee Voting for Primary Election Under Way

Absentee voting for the Aug 9 primary election is underway and runs through Aug 8. You can vote early in person at City Hall or by mail. Read More
Jul 11, 2022

2020-21 Recycling Champions Recognized

Columbia Heights Public Works recently awarded Recycling Champion certificates to those who increased recycling in 2020-21 by ordering a larger or additional recycle cart and/or compost cart. Read More
Jul 07, 2022

Apply by July 31 for a Seat on the Columbia Heights Charter Commission

There is currently one seat available on the Columbia Heights Charter Commission. If you're interested, please fill out and submit an application by July 31 to be considered. Read More
Jul 06, 2022

Updates Regarding Waste Management Service Delays

As new details or changes are confirmed regarding the Waste Management service delays, the City will update this article. Read More
Jul 05, 2022

Invoice Cloud Sweepstakes

Pay your bill online between July 1 and Aug 31 to be entered to win one of 90 prizes. You can also sign up for paperless for a second chance to win. Read More
Jul 01, 2022

MnDOT University/Central Avenue Study Meetings

Share your vision for University and Central Avenues! MnDOT will hold eight public meetings (four in-person and four on Zoom) from July 12-28 to hear from residents. Read More
Jun 27, 2022

Music In the Park Concert July 6

The next Music in the Park concert presented by Columbia Heights is July 6, 6:30-8 pm, featuring The Jolly Ramblers in Huset Park East. Read More
Jun 23, 2022

Community Art & Info Fair is June 23

The Community Art & Info Fair, formerly known as the Community Picnic and Art & Craft Fair, will be held at Huset Park West on Thu, June 23, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Read More
Jun 08, 2022

Citywide Garage Sale Map Now Available

The fifth-annual Columbia Heights Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled for June 10-12, 2022. Seventy addresses registered for the Citywide Garage Sale this year. Read More
Jun 03, 2022

Update Regarding Waste Management Yard-Waste Service Delay

The City of Columbia Heights apologizes for the recent lack of bagged and bundled yard-waste service throughout the City. Read More
Jun 02, 2022

Splash Pad, Wading Pools Open June 3

The City of Columbia Heights splash pad and wading pools will be open for the season starting Fri, June 3. Read More
May 25, 2022

Music in the Park Returns for 2022

The City of Columbia Heights Music in the Park series returns for its second season in 2022. The series takes place June 1, July 6, and Aug 3 at Huset Park East. Read More
May 25, 2022

Request a Refuse Pad by June 3

As Public Works crews complete concrete projects this summer, they can add refuse pads to residents' properties by request. Read More
May 17, 2022

Election Season Officially Begins: Candidate Filing Window Open May 17-31

The 2022 candidate filing period is open between Tue, May 17, and Tue, May 31. Please bring filings for Mayor/Council to City Hall.  Read More
May 13, 2022

Music in the Park Returns for 2022

The City of Columbia Heights Music in the Park series returns for its second season in 2022. The series takes place June 1, July 6, and Aug 3 at Huset Park East.  Read More
May 12, 2022

Veronica Johnson Is 2022 Outstanding Citizen of the Year!

Veronica Johnson named 2022's Columbia Heights Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Read More
May 12, 2022

City Joins No Mow May Initiative

The City Council recently approved a resolution to join the No Mow May initiative. For participating residents, optional yard signs are available for sale in City Hall.  Read More
May 09, 2022

Register Now for 2022 Citywide Garage Sale

The fifth-annual Columbia Heights Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled for June 10-12, 2022. Read More
May 02, 2022

Last Chance to Submit Outstanding Citizen Nominations for 2022

Nominations for Columbia Heights' Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 2022 are due no later than 4 pm Tue, May 3. Read More
Apr 21, 2022

Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event Is April 30

Products used to maintain your home, vehicles, and pests are hazardous to you and the environment. Drop them off at Anoka County's free disposal event April 30.  Read More
Apr 13, 2022

Building Permit Applications Now Online

The City of Columbia Heights Community Development Department has launched an online building permit application for residents and contractors. Read More
Apr 07, 2022

Fire Hydrant Flushing Begins April 11

Fire hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin on Mon, April 11, with the SE Quadrant of Columbia Heights. Read More
Apr 07, 2022

Columbia Heights Seeks Solid Waste Bids

The City of Columbia Heights is seeking citywide residential refuse service bids for four major curbside operations and cart handling (household delivery/removal) services. Read More
Apr 01, 2022

Spring Reminders

The City of Columbia Heights would like to share a few reminders and upcoming events for the month of April. Read More
Mar 31, 2022

Full Citywide Survey Results Now Online

Full results of the 2022 citywide feedback survey of Columbia Heights residents are now available online.    Read More
Mar 07, 2022

2022 Arbor Day Tree Sale Under Way

In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Columbia Heights will be selling trees at a discounted rate for its residents. Read More
Mar 04, 2022

Roll Call Episode 7 Now Available

In episode 7 of the CHPD's official podcast, Roll Call, we talk with Eileen Sowry, LICSW, the department's newly embedded social worker/mental health professional.  Read More
Feb 25, 2022

We Want Your Feedback! Consider Taking Our Brief Survey

We're looking for residents' feedback about the City of Columbia Heights. Please consider taking our online survey by March 11. Read More
Feb 16, 2022

Boards and Commissions Application Deadline Is March 4

Seats are open on four Columbia Heights Boards and Commissions. Apply by March 4 to be considered.  Read More
Feb 14, 2022

City Survey Wrapping Up

Citywide phone survey of residents by the Morris Leatherman Company has just a few days left. Read More
Feb 04, 2022

Safe Driver Courses Return to Murzyn

Pre-register by Feb 14 for Recreation's Safe Driver Refresher Course, also known as a defensive driving course.   Read More
Jan 28, 2022

SnowBLAST Winter Fest Returns Feb 5

SnowBLAST returns for its second year Feb 5 in Huset Park.  Read More
Jan 20, 2022

City Statement Regarding HavenBrook Rental License Revocation

At its Jan 10 meeting, the City Council approved the revocation of rental license for HavenBrook Homes. This license revocation affects 21 properties. Read More
Jan 11, 2022

Blood Drive at CHPD Feb 23

The Police Department is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Wed, Feb 23, 10 am to 4 pm. Read More
Jan 03, 2022

Winter Parking and Snow Removal Public Forum - Jan 18

The City of Columbia Heights will be hosting a public forum regarding winter parking and winter snow removal operations on Jan 18, 7-9 pm, at the Public Safety Building. Read More
Jan 03, 2022

Youth Commission Application Deadline Extended To Jan 19

Apply by this Wednesday to be a Columbia Heights Youth Commissioner. For residents 14-18 years old. Read More
Dec 22, 2021

Tips for Going Green for the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can also generate a lot of preventable waste. This article includes just a few suggestions and tips for going greener this holiday season. Read More
Dec 17, 2021

Heights Lights Map Now Online

The Heights Lights 2021 Map is here. There were not as many houses registered as last year, but there are plenty of lit-up houses along the way, so take your time and enjoy! Read More
Dec 16, 2021

Catalytic Converter Marking Event - Dec 17 & Jan 7

Residents of Columbia Heights, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park are invited to participate in a free catalytic converter marking event at Gary’s Automotive on Dec 17 & Jan 7. Read More
Dec 14, 2021

Santa's City Tour - Postponed

Santa is excited for his City tour riding on the Fire Truck spreading holiday cheer! Santa will be riding through the city between 5:30-6:30 pm on Tue, Dec 21! Read More
Dec 06, 2021

Apply by Jan 5 to Be a Youth Commissioner

Apply by Jan 5 to be a Columbia Heights Youth Commissioner. For residents 14-18 years old. Read More
Nov 23, 2021

2022 City Calendar Now On Sale!

Our Pets of Columbia Heights 2022 City Calendar is now available for pre-order.  Read More
Nov 17, 2021

Yard Waste Collection Ends Week of Nov 22

Yard Waste collection ends week of Nov 22. Follow this link for yard waste bundling requirements and other reminders. Read More
Nov 12, 2021

Submit Your Questions About Winter Parking Rules

The City recently released an informative video about winter parking rules and is asking residents to submit questions. Read More
Nov 09, 2021

City Wins Adopt-a-Drain Challenge!

Congratulations to Columbia Heights and its residents on winning the 2021 Community Adopt-a-Drain Challenge.  Read More
Oct 30, 2021

Pet Photo Contest Submission Deadline Is Nov 1

Get your pet photos in now for a chance to be featured in the City's 2022 Pets of Columbia Heights Calendar. Deadline is Nov 1. Read More
Oct 22, 2021

Truck or Treat Returns Oct 30, 1-5 pm, in Huset Park

The City's annual Truck or Treat free family event in Huset Park returns for its fourth year Sat, Oct 30, 1-5 pm! Read More
Oct 01, 2021

Our New Website Is Live! We've Given It a Facelift

Our Revize site is live! We worked with our hosting partner Revize to give the site a fresh look! Read More
Sep 29, 2021

Fire Department Open House is Oct 9

The Columbia Heights Fire Department kicks off its autumn fire prevention season with its annual Open House on Sat, Oct 9, from 11 am to 2 pm. Read More
Sep 24, 2021

Two Community Highway Cleanup Events Set for Oct 9 & 16

Two Columbia Heights community groups are hosting highway cleanup events in Oct. Residents are encouraged to take part in these events and help keep the community clear of debris. Read More
Sep 17, 2021

Boogie Bash is Sept 21

Grab your roller skates, roller blades, or dancing shoes and join us Sept 21, 6 to 8:30 pm, for a community fall fun night, hosted by Columbia Heights Recreation! Read More
Sep 13, 2021

Road Closure Notice - 40th Ave NE and Central Ave NE

From Sept 20-24, sanitary sewer work will take place from east of Central Ave NE at 40th Ave NE to Circle Terrace Blvd NE. Read More
Sep 09, 2021

Movie in the Park - Moana - Sept 17

The 2021 Movie in the Park series concludes on Fri, Sept 17, at 7:30 pm at McKenna Park with a free showing of Moana. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair. Read More
Sep 01, 2021

Hy-Vee Property Officially Sold to Alatus for Major Development

This year, staff worked with the development company Alatus to negotiate a deal to purchase 10 acres of property from Hy-Vee. Read More
Aug 30, 2021

Boulevard Tree Program Closed

The Columbia Heights Adopt-A-Tree program is full for 2021. Read More
Aug 17, 2021

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program Comment Period Underway

To provide comments, please contact Lauren Letsche at or 763-706-3709. Read More
Aug 09, 2021

Monthly E-Newsletter Launches in September

The City of Columbia Heights is launching a monthly e-newsletter to keep its residents informed on upcoming events, deadlines, construction projects, and much more! Read More
Jul 27, 2021

Eviction Moratorium is Ending

The eviction moratorium is ending. There is time to apply for assistance!  Read More
Jul 22, 2021

2019-2020 Recycling Champions Recognized

Columbia Heights Public Works recently awarded Recycling Champion certificates to those who increased recycling in 2019-2020 by ordering a larger or additional recycle cart and/or compost cart. Read More
Jul 21, 2021

Odd/Even Watering Restrictions In Effect Due to Low River Levels

Occupants in even or odd numbered addresses must water on corresponding even or odd-numbered calendar dates.  Read More
Jul 16, 2021

Centennial Celebration In Huset Park July 17!

Join your fellow residents at Huset Park East just south of 40th Ave off of Jefferson St NE, 11 am to 2 pm, July 17. Read More
Jun 26, 2021

Fireworks Are On!

The fireworks display is on for 10 pm at Huset Park. Read More

Citywide Survey Under Way

The surveyors will speak with a random sample of 400 residents over the next two to three weeks. Read More