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.
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OBITS: Theodosia Nestle, Alvin Jackson
MARRIAGES: County Records - 1858-1860
MILITARY: WWI Casualties - collected and organized by Susan Duff-Erkel
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1926-Page Bro's Camp Worker Death
PEOPLE: R. J. Roach
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NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: Leon Green
NEWS-FIRE: 1915-Mad Ride is to Save Dog
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COURT & LEGAL: Halmet H. and Florence M. Hodson
MILITARY: Soldiers - Edwin Lane
NEWS-CRIME: James Nesbitt
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