In 1953, television, a recent addition to many homes, offered a handful of channels in black and white and displayed a test pattern at night. Disneyland was just beginning to take shape in Uncle Walt’s imagination. Most families had only one car, and many of them piled in the kids for long, desinationless weekend drives. If they’d driven Highway 10, 2 or 3 miles west of Anoka, they might have come upon a venue that in many ways embodied the decade. Santa Claus Town, the summer home of the jolly old elf, opened for visitors in June of that year.
From Anoka-Hennepin to Richfield, Stillwater, Waconia, International Falls, Houston and all over the state, more than 50 of the 331 Minnesota school districts will have new superintendents in the 2014-15 school year.
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.
Marty Seifert is the most traveled of the Republican candidates for governor, having visited all 87 Minnesota counties in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary election.