We have experienced the early segment of duck hunting here in central Minnesota and we now approach the mid-period of the duck season and are making our preparations.
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.
A 19-year-old St. Francis man was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after a felony theft conviction Sept. 22.
• Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids), University of Minnesota senior forward (and captain) scored the equalizing powerplay goal with 1:28 left in regulation in a 2-1 overtime win at the University of Wisconsin Oct. 19. It was Bona’s first goal of the season after collecting five assists to help the Gophers to a 5-0-1 start. • [...]