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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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Recently we told you about a bill regarding public access to critical data that was waiting for the governor’s signature. Senate File 1770 had already received unanimous support in the House and the Senate. Known as the Timberjay bill, it would require that all government contracts with private business be subject to the Minnesota Data Practices Act, even if that open access is not specifically identified in the contract.

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Many mutual funds have dividend and capital gains reinvestment plans. Under these plans, mutual fund shareholders do not take (or keep) their distributions from the mutual fund in cash but, rather, reinvest all the dividends and capital gains distributions received in new shares of the fund. Mutual funds have found that the various reinvestment plans are popular. In some funds as much as 95 percent of the capital gains and dividend distributions made to shareholders are reinvested by the shareholders in additional shares of the same fund.

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