Opinion

Behind the rhetoric of November elections, lies a nearly universal desire for community. Historically, Anoka County’s citizens have always had a handle on that concept. From the communal cabin raisings of our earliest pioneers to the many civic organizations that exist today, Anoka County folks have always known that grass roots efforts can achieve what government often cannot.

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In 1905 Albert Goodrich published “A History of Anoka County.” I refer to it frequently for my columns, and sometimes it’s just downright fun reading. In the spirit of Halloween, I’d like to share Albert’s rib-tickling account of the Temperance Movement in Anoka with you.

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It’s garden clean up time and that includes harvesting and drying onions before storing. My crop this year did not meet my expectations regarding the size of the bulbs. Most of them are small: almost shallot sized of a couple of inches or less in diameter. This led me to think about onions and analyze what happened this year.

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It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes by each fall when the new school year begins. The end of our first trimester is only a month away. Parent and teacher conferences at all of our schools have been held and the annual Education Minnesota professional conference in St. Paul has already taken place. Many fall activities and sports are done with their regular seasons and we are in the midst of post-season play. With the new school year off to a great start, I’d like to share with you a very exciting change on the horizon in Independent School District 15.

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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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