UnionHerald Looking Back for June 20, 2014

Women endorse fight for ballot

Federated clubs succeed in giving support to equal suffrage. Many cry with emotion. Resolutions which broke down constitutional bar of years is adopted amid stirring scene, much opposition.

-100 years ago, June 16, 1914,
Anoka Herald

9 die as tornado smashes way thru Anoka and community, many injured

60 square blocks of homes wrecked, cars demolished, as twister funnels way thru city. Storm does $1,200,000 damage.  Nine deaths and scores of injuries followed in wake of the twister that struck Anoka at 3:20 Sunday afternoon scattering destruction throughout the city. Three Anokans die (Hannibal Groat, 95, Ernest Syring, 50, and Edward Morrissette). Tornado hesitates at river. Armory in ruins. North Anoka damage great. Anokans thunderstruck. Cars on street wrecked. Traffic blocked. Governor sends aid.

– 75 years ago, June 21, 1939,
Anoka County Union

Grocer abducted, robbed of $6,000 by armed pair

Two armed men abducted a Coon Rapids grocery store manager, robbed him of $6,000 and locked him in the trunk of his car Friday. The brazen, daylight robbery was executed with a certain amount of timing on the part of the two bandits. Don Bishop, manager of Jensen’s Super Valu and Home Bakery, said he had taken some checks and bills to the Coon Rapids bank and was returning to the store in Thompson Park with bags filled with currency when the robbery occurred.

– 50 years ago, June 19, 1964
Coon Rapids Herald

More staff needed for county’s mentally ill

Though much is being done to serve the mentally ill in Anoka County, there are still needs of those individuals being unmet. Problems of large waiting lists, compounded by limited internal staff have confronted the mentally ill. At Tuesday’s Anoka County Board meeting, Mental Health Consortium representatives reported on the state of mental health services in the county. While representatives urged for more staff, they also recognized the board’s position of a tight budget.

– 25 years ago, June 23, 1989
Anoka County Union

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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