I got a call the other day from a friend in St. Louis. She had seen television reports about the awful flooding in Minnesota and was concerned about us. I assured her we were fine, but I couldn’t explain why. Why is most of Anoka County dry only a few hours after a heavy rain?
Occasionally some new idea captures the fancy of the general public to such a degree that its popularity exceeds all reasonable expectations. Such was the case with rock gardens in the 1930s. The July 15, 1931 Anoka Union newspaper explains, “Never in the history of Anoka have people been so interested in rock gardens and flowers of all kinds as this summer of 1931.”
When someone asks where you live, you respond with the name of your city. However, if you were to travel back in time this simple question becomes a lot more complex.
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.
In the early 1900’s the city of Anoka was no longer a frontier town, but had the comforts and refinement of city life.
According to many soldiers the best military invention ever was the P-38.
Coon Lake Beach is the name given to the neighborhood on the southeast side of East Bethel.