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Every year the Anoka Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honors a Woman in American History. She may be living or dead; a DAR member or not, famous or, as is often the case, a woman who doesn’t make the headlines, but works quietly behind the scenes making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Among the many approaches to analyzing the outlook for the stock market are those most popular with “value analysts.” They typically involve a study of various corporate productivity measures such as dividends, earnings and book value. Included among “psychological market indicators” are three of the yardsticks most often used to determine if the market is overvalued, undervalued or fairly valued.

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On June 7, 1939 a terrible storm swept through Anoka downing power lines, tipping trees and smashing small structures. Reportedly, it was the worst storm to strike Anoka in years. But it was only a harbinger of what lay ahead.

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“Keep their minds and bodies engaged in wonder during the summer months when they are not attending school.” That’s what Julie Olson, director of Elementary Education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools recommended last week. She was one of 39 education leaders who responded to my request for suggestions about what parents could do to encourage continued learning during the summer. They described a combination of community, school and family activities that can produce a summer with happy memories and student growth.

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One of the joys of writing this column for the Anoka County UnionHerald on behalf of the Anoka County Historical Society are the occasional calls I get from readers telling me they have a story of historical interest to share. One such call came from an Anoka resident, Ardy Hoogestraat, whose family had owned and lived in the Sandy Beach Hotel on Lake George. Before meeting with Ardy I consulted Roe Giddings Chase’s “little booklet” written in 1906 describing the cabins and resorts on that lake in Oak Grove.

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Here’s a suggestion for the summer. If you care about learning, teaching, schools or parenting, get a copy of “Teaching with Heart,” edited by educator Sam M. Intrator and writer Megan Scribner. The book has 90 brief, one-page essays by educators, explaining and describing a poem that has inspired them. The book contains some of the most majestic, memorable writing I’ve ever read.

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There are a lot of one-liners and clichés that get tossed around in the stock market. Among the classics, “Don’t fight the tape”, “the trend is your friend,” “Never try and catch a falling knife,” and “Don’t fall in love with a stock” One of my favorites is “don’t confuse brains with a bull market.”

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A flowering crab apple is one of the most beautiful trees in the spring, and comes in many different habits, heights and leaf, bud, and flower colors. The fragrance of apple blossoms is a sure sign of spring. The blossoms also provide necessary food for bees. It can serve as a pollinator for other apple trees. Their smaller size makes them perfect for our landscapes and most fit nicely under power lines.

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