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Alexander (Al) Springer was a typical boy growing up in Anoka in the mid-20th century. Formal portrait photographs reveal a light-haired, smiling child who attended Franklin Elementary School in the early 1950s, and Springer went on to Anoka High School and a school football career. Part of …

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Right plant, right place is the mantra of Master Gardeners. Once that decision is made, the right tool for the right job is essential. There are the basics that every gardener depends on, and then there are the specialty tools that are not often used, but so prized when needed. I have plenty…

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I stood under the big, bright blue moon with an eerie orange glow peaking in and out of spooky black clouds on a howling, windy Halloween night. It was 7:30 p,m on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Anoka, and an anniversary was celebrated paying homage to the inception of the first Anoka Halloween…

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This is the fifth in a series of monthly columns by local water experts. These columns on local rivers and land use are a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region and other environmental groups in Anoka County. To learn more about the League of Women Vo…

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The Anoka County Historical Society will close the first week in November to recognize the dedication of staff during the first six months of COVID-19.

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Have you ever wondered why humans are innately drawn to nature and green spaces? The Biophilia Hypothesis, by E.O. Wilson and Steven R. Kellert, is a theory that believes that seeking out natural connections is engrained in our DNA. It says that while plants and humans look a lot different, …

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The period following the Civil War commenced The American Industrial Revolution, recasting American society in its wake. From increased farm production through hybrid seeds (DeKalb), to mechanized farm machinery (Harvester), to communications (Marconi & Bell), to steel (Carnegie), oil (R…

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When parents use words like “life-changing” or “life-saving,” it’s easy to see why the K-12 enrollment in Minnesota’s suburban and rural chartered public schools has increased by tens of thousands of students over the last 18 years. These are schools open to all, with no admissions tests. A …

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What better place to go exploring for ghosts than in the city of Anoka, Halloween Capital of the World? Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters. So much so that the Anoka County Historical Society gathered up all the stories people brought to us and turned them into a …

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This is part of a series of monthly columns by local water experts. These columns on local rivers and land use are a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region and other environmental groups in Anoka County. To learn more about the League of Women Voters,…

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Minnesota is a state where people love to connect. Whether it’s over mini doughnuts and corn on the cob at “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” or a concert at the Orpheum, Minnesotans love to unite and commiserate over our state’s nasty habit of hurling winter snowstorms at us in April. These…

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Many of our conversations today reference articles printed in magazines, newspapers or online articles for evidence to support our intellectual positions. We look to the media to make sense of events we don’t witness ourselves and provide us with meaningful information. The debate over what …