Anoka County, Minnesota
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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MILITARY-WWI: Gustaf Lindbloom
PEOPLE: James Stocking - submitted by Robin Line
PEOPLE: Daniel Ropping
NEWS-VISIT/RELOCATE: J. T. Woods, Lydia MacNamara
NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: Mr. Twitchell
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1864-Bears Killed
NEWS-BUSINESSES: Swan Bros., E. P. Hughes, Dr. A. G. Aldrich, T. G. McLean
OBITS: Submitted by Robin Line - Mary E. Graham, Leo Keubler
OBITS: Mrs. Daniel Stewart, Sarah S. Shannon
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1870-Chilly Baptism
NEWS-CRIME: Henry M. Day
PEOPLE: George Hyatt
NEWS-VISIT: Mrs. G. W. Putnam
BIOS: George H. Newbert
OBITS: Moses Gabrio, Rebecca Groat, George Pancake, Emma Peltier, Frank Webber, E. W. Conmy, Mrs. A. Z. Downs, Harriet F. Jackson, Mrs. W. L. Johnson
PEOPLE: Carl Bislow, Horace Hupschin
NEWS-VISIT: R. E. Scott, Mrs. Rodolph Crandall, Conrad Taylor, R. E. Scott, Joseph Blanchette,Maud Burnett
NEWS-CRIME: P. F. Pratt, 1893-Murder over poker-Stanke shot by Klichli, Patrick Lyon, 1896-Kelly Sentenced to Hang
NEWS-TRAIN WRECKS: 1922-Two Killed in Train Wreck
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