anoka county history

Every few years, a history buff writes some words for this newspaper about the old Anoka County town of Itasca (sometimes spelled Itaska). It was located on the Anoka side of the Mississippi River near the Sherburne County line. For a few years, in the middle of the nineteenth century, it looked like it might amount to something.

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Anoka County was organized on May 23, 1857. At the same time, Manomin County was formed, comprising only 18 sections of land. Abram Fridley was the chairman of the county board. Because the county was so small, it was very difficult to provide the expected services. In 1870 Manomin County was annexed to Anoka County and became Manomin Township. It was later renamed Fridley Township in 1879.

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When Burns Township became the city of Nowthen, Linwood became the last remaining township in Anoka County. How does a township differ from a city? Neither population nor geographic size is significant. Rather a township has chosen a form of local government that does the same job as a city council, but works differently.

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