Opinion

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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I’m a runner – have been for nearly 35 years and over those nearly three decades I’ve compiled a short, but impressive (to me!) running resume: two marathons (Grandma’s and Twin Cities), one half marathon and countless 10K and 5K races.

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Ticker symbols (tic symbol) are part of the folklore of Wall Street. They were originally developed in the 1800s by telegraph operators, who reserved one‑letter symbols for the most active stocks to conserve wire space. Railroads were the dominant issues at the time, so they had the majority of the one‑letter designations.

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In accordance with ECM Publishers policy, Oct. 24 will be the final week election-related letters will be published in ABC Newspapers. Due to space constraints some letters may not be published in our newspapers. Please limit letters to a maximum of 350 words.

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The long-running editorials, bank fines and regulatory investigations into Wall Street bankers and their performance prior to the 2008 housing bust has a lot to be desired. The continued investigations and fines do not surprise me. In fact, I have harped in this column over the decades that in keeping with past Wall Street history, once a bubble bursts and people lose big money, then and only then does a clamor go out looking for authorities to investigate.

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