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The body of an unknown man was found in the field near W.M. Dyer’s place Sunday afternoon. A bullet wound in the head while both hands were in his pockets clearly indicated murder. The victim was 25 to 30 years of age, weighed about 165 pounds and was about six feet tall. He wore a blue flannel shirt, pink underwear, new pair of bib overalls and good shoes. He was of Scandinavian birth and appeared clean and of more than ordinary intelligence so far as could be judged from the shape of his head and features.

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Royalty runs in the Erickson family of Coon Rapids. Sisters Sue and Lori each reigned as Miss Coon Rapids, Sue in 1977 and Lori in 1983. Today Lori’s 9-year-old daughter, Caris, reigns as Coon Rapids Petite Queen.

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Opening weekend of the Halloween Capital of the World’s spooktacular celebration started in spectacular fashion with the second-annual Anoka Halloween Amazing Race and finished in flames with the Fired Up for Fun Bonfire at River Plaza.

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At an Oct. 8 meeting, the Board of Education of Independent School District 16 began work on plans for a new fine arts auditorium. Board members proceeded with the necessary resolution whereby the School District would construct an auditorium for the fine arts, which would mainly be comprised of plays, operas, musicals and operettas, also contests, debate and speech events.

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George Smith, seventeen year old son of C.C. Smith of Oak Grove was fatally shot Saturday morning near Hickey Lake. Four boys, all of whom attend the Anoka high school, went to Hickey Lake. Two of the boys took a buggy and drove to a farmers to get some oars and put their guns in the back of the buggy. When the oars were put in, one of them exploded the loaded gun and the charge struck Smith in the left temple, injuring the eye, fracturing the skull and tearing off part of the ear. It was thought best to rush him to a hospital in Minneapolis and the 11:30 down train on the cut off was caught and he was taken to the city. No hope was held out for his recovery.

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