Union Looking Back for Jan. 18, 2013

The dam blew

The dam at Anoka owned by the Pillsbury Mill Co., blew Wednesday night. Water was turned on the dam about three weeks ago, and the ordinary winter’s head was on. A small stream of water found an outlet under the old portion, near where the new work had just been put in. By Thursday morning a hold had been worn through under the dam twenty feet or more in extent, and the water was swirling around above the dam, carrying big cakes of ice.

– 100 years ago, Jan. 15, 1913

Football boys commercial club guests

The members of the Anoka high school football team, district champions of the district, Bob Johnson and Bill Matheny, members of the Minnesota team, conference champions of 1937, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. W. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Matheny and Miss Lucille Johnson were guests of honor at the annual football banquet given by the Anoka Commercial club at the Congregational church last evening. Bernie Bierman, Minnesota football coach and leading football mentor in the country, was the guest of honor. About 130 persons were present.

– 75 years ago, Jan. 12, 1938

Open house Saturday, Sunday at new Anoka Nursing Home

Construction has been completed on the new 66 bed Anoka Nursing Home located at 305 Freemont street on Franklin lane in Anoka. The building is of concrete block with a shadow wall effect and has a steel roof making the structure a completely fire resistant home. In addition the home has a self-contained fire alarm system in case of any emergencies, intercommunication facilities with complete music system throughout the building and a nurses call system.

– 50 years ago, Jan. 12, 1963

Nagel named Anoka city manager

A pleased Mark Nagel was named city manager by Anoka City Council Monday night.

Nagel was selected following a screening and interviewing process that narrowed the candidate field from over 70 to five.

“Naturally, I accepted on the spot,” Nagel said. “I am very happy.”

– 25 years ago, Jan. 15, 1988

• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.

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