In September of 1913 an unusual convention was held in Anoka, one of the first of its kind in the country. Delegates from all the Anoka County townships met to discuss building a network of new highways throughout the county.
Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.”
Youngsters like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel, and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association.
In May of 1914, a new set of advertisements appeared in the Union. Readers were advised to “begin laying plans” for a “festival of joy.” A week of “first grade educational entertainment” was on its way. These “seven glorious days of clean enjoyment” would include orchestra, opera singers, alpine yodelers, a Shakespeare play, a scientific demonstration, and daily lectures on such topic as the Panama Canal, the story of New Zealand, love and brotherhood, and the future of America.
On this very weekend 130 years ago, Anoka suffered its greatest destructive disaster — the 1884 fire.