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The community name is said to derive from a Dakota term for "on both sides of
the river" and an Ojibwa term for "working waters"
Anoka County was organized by an act of the territorial Legislature on May 23, 1857, the year prior to Minnesota's
admission to the Union. It was formed from parts of Ramsey County and Benton County; the Rum River previously divided
the line between the two counties. The boundaries were mainly the same as they are now, except for a small part
of the southeastern tip along the Mississippi River and at the south. It was a small portion that connected to
Ramsey and occupied one-third of the congressional township. It was then attached to Anoka County by constitutional
amendment November 2, 1869. It later became known as Fridley in 1879.
The first white men to explore what is now Anoka County were the Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin] and two others
in his party. Not soon after, fur traders began to settle in the area which is now Ramsey County. They settled
on the Rum River and established the county seat of Anoka
The largest city in the county is City of Coon Rapids, the ninth largest city in Minnesota
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