Opinion

Today nearly 2.5 million commuters drive across more than 1,000 deficient bridges every day. The images from the fatal Interstate 35W bridge collapse are still vivid in our memories while more recent examples like Duluth’s I-35 bridge column that collapsed, closing a major artery for the region and our state, prove that we can’t wait until collapse, fatality or closures force us to deal with the problem. We need a comprehensive solution that will address the problems today and avoid catastrophe in the future.

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The party of thirty two industrial school teachers from various cities of the United States left New York last week on the Kaiser Wilhelm. They expect to be at Munich, Germany much of the time. Miss Ida B. McGlauflin, formerly of Anoka, was a member of the party.

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Two of my favorite headlines over the past few years were, “Runner carries injured foe half-mile to help,” and “Wrestler loses match but moves crowd with kind act.” These headlines reflect the character that student athletes in Anoka-Hennepin Schools have developed thanks to parent and family involvement, and the positive role models, mentors and coaches that have played an inspirational role in their lives.

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Every few years, a history buff writes some words for this newspaper about the old Anoka County town of Itasca (sometimes spelled Itaska). It was located on the Anoka side of the Mississippi River near the Sherburne County line. For a few years, in the middle of the nineteenth century, it looked like it might amount to something.

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If you’re seriously into bird watching, or just get out occasionally, this is the time of year that most bird watchers love the most – the spring migration. Anoka County has several parks that are good for bird watching, including the Coon Rapids Dam, Bunker Hills, Rum River Central, Mississippi West Regional Park and Lock County Park. All of these are going to be part of the Bird Watch Series that will be guided by Gary Swanson, the naturalist at the Coon Rapids Dam.

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