anoka county history
While watching the news last week my thoughts went back in history. They were discussing when we send our troops to where they are needed and how we fly them there in less than 24 hours. Compare that to the three to four weeks it took to travel in both World War I and World War II....Read More
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The Anoka County Historical Society held the annual presentation of a Christmas tree ornament in early December. Since the 1990s, the Historical Society has worked with the cities and townships in the county to have a unique ornament given from that community to hang on the tree in the Anoka County ...Read More
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It might seem odd to think of Air Force fighter jets taking off from northern Anoka County and laying contrails in the skies above Bethel and St. Francis, but it almost happened. In 1957, the Air Force and the State of Minnesota reached an agreement to acquire land a few miles west of Bethel and bui...Read More
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Last week this column focused on the deadly Spanish Flu that spread across the globe like wildfire, killing millions in 1918. The medical community was helpless, and scientists searched for some clue to fighting this mysterious disease. While thousands of soldiers sickened in Europe, doctors at home...Read More
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The recent Ebola scare brings to mind the horrible devastation caused throughout history by diseases, especially during wartime. Soldiers, who were always moving and crowded together in unsanitary conditions, provided (and still continue to provide) the perfect vehicle for transmission of contagious...Read More
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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 ha...Read More
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