Archive for July 2007

So you think you’re a Minnesotan?

July 9, 2007


 We hope you tried at least one of the ten activities that were given last week! Here are 10 more things to make sure that you are enjoying the warm days and cool nights that we have here in Minnesota.

140. Explore the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the beautiful artworks and architecture
139. Check out any of the 87 county fairs
138. Go sailing on Lake Superior
137. Go strawberry picking on a warm summer afternoon
136. Visit one of the many farms and milk a cow
135. Lay on the dock on a warm summer night and count the stars
134. Hike on one of the many trails in Minnesota
133. Attend a pot luck, and be sure to enjoy the casseroles
132. Explore the beginning of the Mississippi river
131. Purchase fresh corn and tomatoes from a roadside farmer’s market

Feel free to send in any activities that you enjoy doing in Minnesota!

Posted by: Laura Baratto on July 9, 2007


The Sesqui Banner Joins the Mountain Iron Parade

July 6, 2007

Thanks to Arrowhead Library System Director Jim Weikum for sending the following update on the Sesquicentennial Banner…

The Sesquicentennial banner appeared on the Wednesday, July 3 in the Mountain Iron Fourth of July parade. The banner is currently on display in the Mountain Iron Public Library where it was also presented by library director Sally Peterangelo at the Library’s Tuesday Tea.

Banner in Mountain Iron MN

Anoka County

July 5, 2007

Continuing with our spotlight on Minnesota Counties this week features Anoka, Becker, and Beltrami. As always, if you know of any celebrations, county fairs, or special tidbits your county is known for, e-mail us at and we’ll include your information when we feature your county!

Anoka County
Founded: 23 May 1857
• The area of Anoka County was first founded by fur traders in 1850
• The word Anoka originates from a Native American word meaning “both sides”
Population: 320,803 (2005 Census)
Major towns: Anoka, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley
Acres: 446 square miles
Location: Anoka County is located in the eastern section of the state, northeast from the Metro area.
Fun facts
• The city of Anoka is considered the Halloween Capital of the world. Be sure to stop by in October for haunted houses and candy!
• This year (2007) Anoka County is celebrating its Sesquicentennial. Happy 150th Birthday!
Public Recreation Sites
• Bunker Hills Regional Park
• Lake George Regional Park
• Locke County Park
• Mississippi West Regional Park
Other Places to Visit
• Wargo Nature Center
• Bunker Beach Water Park
• Anoka County Historical Society
Upcoming Events
• Anoka County Fair, July 24th-29th
• Ghosts of Anoka Tour – summer months only
• Anoka County Heritage Home & Garden Tour, July 15th

**Thanks to the Anoka County Website for the information!

Information gathered by Claire Plank, Sesquicentennial Fellow

Beltrami County

July 5, 2007

Beltrami County
Founded: 17 May 1897
• Named after Italian explorer Count Beltrami
• Was originally part of Becker County, one of the state’s 9 original counties
Population: 43,169
Major towns: Bemidji, Blackduck, Funkley, Kelliher
Acres: 1,604,695
Location: Containing parts of the Red Lake and Leech Lake Indian Reservations, Beltrami county is in Northern Minnesota
Fun facts
• There are 16,887 acres of lakes and 459,851 acres of state forest in Beltrami County
Public Recreation Sites
• Lake Bemidji State Park
• Chippewa Forest
• Red Lakes
Other Places to Visit
• Beltrami County History Center
Upcoming Events
• Beltrami County Fair, July 25th-29th
**Thanks to the Beltrami County and Explore Minnesota websites for the information!

Information gathered by Megan Jung, Sesquicentennial Fellow