When Good Samaritan won the right to build a new nursing home under a state legislative waiver of a statewide moratorium in the spring of 2,000 people excitedly anticipated immediate construction of a new facility.
On Feb. 26 83 residents of the Anoka Care Center moved to their new homes at the Homestead at Anoka on Fourth Avenue North. With this exciting day completed, skilled nursing care at 1040 Madison St. in Anoka came to an end one month short of 50 full years.
So we have survived the mythical Mayan apocalypse and stepped back from the fiscal cliff or did we? In any case, we begin a brand new year with an odd sounding name. In fact, this odd number is only divisible by 3, 33, 61, 183 and 671.
On this day we remember the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japan 71 years ago when over 2,400 Americans died. The only comparable attack in U.S. history was 9/11 in 2001 when nearly 3,000 Americans died.