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While the practice of redlining kept many black people out of Anoka County, exceptions exist like the Dan Laws family of Ramsey. In an interview with his friend Jack Guelker, Laws said he didn’t open a restaurant in Minneapolis because he was black and many people either outright refused to sell land to him or lied about the land already being sold before Laws could buy it. When Laws found a piece of property on the southwest corner of County Roads 5 and 47, he asked the land broker if there would be a problem selling that land to a black man. The broker asked him if his money was green, to which Laws said yes. That seemed good enough for the broker, and Laws bought the land. (Photo courtesy of ACHS)

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