Opinion

Here are five questions you might want to ask school board candidates or members running for re-election this fall. Because schools play a huge role in making communities attractive places to live and work, you might also talk with the other board members, whose seats aren’t up for election, about these issues.

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Upon entering the lower level community room at Anoka City Hall you see before you on the far wall a collage of black and white photos. There are 91 in all, not including a model of early Anoka. Best of all, the photos are numbered and each one can be identified by a key located front and center of the collage.

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It can sometimes be challenging to narrow the topics to cover in these monthly columns. There is usually a long list of topics that we want to share with our community – topics that we believe you need and want to know about your school district.

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has its roots in the Chicago Produce Exchange, which was formed in 1874. By 1898 the Butter and Egg Board becomes a division of the produce exchange. It was out of the Butter and Egg Board that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was actually formed.

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On the way home from an early movie the other day around 1 p.m. I got a call from my friend, Travis. Travis is an avid birder and photographer and we often share our bird finds with each other. In his call this time he reminded me that he often takes his camera on his lunch breaks to a nearby cemetery in north Minneapolis named Hillside and that just now he found an American Bittern next to a maple tree.

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It was an early Sunday morning on a beautiful fall day in October. I, along with several others, was on an airplane destined for Orlando, Florida. The airplane was large and at capacity. I was traveling for work, however, many others were going to Orlando for fun – Disney World.

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The timeline running the length of the east wall in the community room at the Anoka City Hall tells of many events occurring in the city of Anoka, happy and otherwise. For instance, we learn that in 1853 Orin W. Rice built the first bridge across the Rum River and that winter saw the opening of the first Anoka Post Office. During the school year of 1853-54 school was held in the Old Company Boarding House with Miss Julia Woodman instructing the children, and the first religious organization was a Methodist class organized in December, 1854. The first school house, the “Third Avenue School,” was built on Third Avenue South in 1955. The same year the first ferry was launched across the Mississippi at Anoka.

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