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You will immediately notice the quaint charm of another time as you cross the Mississippi river into Anoka. Anoka’s rich history is still visible in the charm of its preserved city and neighborhoods.

Settled by French traders Anoka is on the Mississippi River and lies on both sides of Rum River forming a junction with the Mississippi. The word “Anoka” means “on both sides” or “from both sides”

Anoka was rich with farming as well as industry. Being on the river allowed easy access for saw mills with lumber, power and transportation for other goods and industry.

Anoka considers itself to be the “Halloween Capital of the World”. In the early 1920’s it was the first city in the United States to organize a Halloween celebration, which still continues today.

Anoka is one of Minnesota’s best-kept secrets, preserved and loved by all of its residents and merchants.

Anoka City Hall

Anoka’s city hall rises from the banks of the Rum River, which dictated the early growth, and development of the city. On a sub-zero day in February, 1955 the ground-breaking ceremony was held followed by festivities and speeches honoring the benefactor, Charles L. Horn of the Federal Cartridge Corporation. Still today Horn’s impressive portrait hangs as a symbol of high esteem and gratitude to this distinguished man.

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

Conveniently located in downtown Anoka, Lyric Arts offers year round enjoyment of live theater and music. You can easily become part of the performance due to the warm and comfortable atmosphere. One of the biggest benefits of going is due to the "bowl style" stadium seating; which means you will never find a bad seat. You also don't need to worry about bringing refreshments with you since they serve beer, wine, soft drinks, Caribou Coffee, candy, and popcorn. With all the attractions of a big city and allure of your hometown, enjoy the best of both worlds.

Anoka County Historical Society

Want to dive into the history of Anoka County? The Anoka Historical Society is the place for you. The programs they offer have earned both national and state awards for excellence. Some of the programs include exhibitions and tours. One of such tours is the Ghosts of Anoka walking tour, showing the historical homes and providing an in-depth haunted history of the city. While enjoying all the things to do, don't forget about their reference and resource library. This offers a wide range of services and resources to provide all the information you would want about our history. Have a special thing to research, and can't make it to the society? Stop by their website and make a special research request, and they can do the research for you. Find out all you want to know about the history of this wonderful little slice of heaven we call home.

Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce

The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce has been supporting the advancement of commercial and civic growth since 1952. Serving the cities of Anoka, Andover, Champlin, Dayton, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis for over 50 years then Chamber has over 700 members all of whom believe and provide high quality service to it’s communities and customers. A testament to its great success is the hosting of “Riverfest” the largest craft fair in the Twin Cities. This vibrant and growing festival is an annual event held in historic downtown Anoka, with something for everyone. Come visit and see for yourself the friendly business’ that make the area and Chamber strong.

Anoka High School

Being one of the oldest and largest schools in the State of Minnesota, Anoka High School is dedicated to excellence. From the mid 1800’s Anoka High has occupied four different homes through the years. In 1881 the first graduating class had eight students. At 2082 enrollees in 1971 it was time to move into its current location, which was completed in 1972. A caring community, both students and staff bring excitement each school year in preparing for the future while striving to maintain the leadership, respect and learning of the past.

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts

Every day, for every student grades kindergarten – grade 5 learning is enriched by the arts. Increased student achievement is reached by infusing the arts throughout the curriculum. These processes become as natural as literature, technology, inquiry and dialogue.

Anoka Middle School for the Arts - Fred Moore Campus

While the Anoka-Hennepin schools are devoted to providing exceptional learning, the Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA) is in a class of it's own. The AMSA teaches grades 6 - 8, focusing on drawing out each student's full potential. Their success is evident with the need for two campuses - the Washington campus and the Fred Moore campus. Both campuses hold the same high level of excellence integrating academics and the arts. One of the most notable things about the AMSA is the students have the opportunity to work with professionals. This combined with their curriculum, public showcases, and field trips get the students engaged in learning. You won't be disappointed when you see how well your children are prepared for High School.

Health Partners Urgent Care

Health Partners Urgent Care is committed to improving the health and well being of their patients. They are the largest nonprofit organization of their type in the country. Through all the research of countless review sites, their doctors consistently command positive reviews.

Rum River Library

The Rum River Library is a shining example of the Anoka County Library system. Their staff is always helpful, and they have a great selection of books. Not only that, they have a laundry list of services offered. They include - personal assistance, "Ask a Librarian", photocopy machines, meeting rooms, computers, and wi-fi. They also offer programs and classes for all ages. Little ones will definitely enjoy their "Story Time", an engaging way to get them to enjoy reading.

Rick Sorenson Park

Bring the whole family for outdoor fun. Rick Sorensen Park provides many treats for a family outing. Some of them include - picnic and grilling areas, 4 season activity building, playground, skating rinks, tennis courts, (1/2 court) basketball court, and baseball fields. Bring the kids and frisbee for a day of fun and grilling.

Truffles & Tortes

Located in historic downtown Anoka, this is a hidden gem. With its intimate charm and calming atmosphere it is a great place to relax with a delicious cup of coffee and tantalize your taste buds with an award winning dessert. Besides their decadent dessert creations they feature sensational quiche, salads, sandwiches and soups made fresh daily. Don’t miss enjoying a special treat when in town.

Two Scoops

Eureka! By popular review Two Scoops is undoubtedly the best ice cream shop in the North Metro. This fabulous ice cream shop is right in the heart of Historic Downtown Anoka, tucked away a little off Main Street. The welcoming and friendly staff is always there to make sure your experience is meet with utter satisfaction. There are many wonderful flavor choices for your cone, shake or malts and the made to order ice cream cakes are the best! The scoops are huge and well worth the money. Be sure to ask for a taste of some of their unique flavors. The life long dream of Rick and Cherie Ritter to provide high quality premium hard ice cream, according anyone who has visited has paid off. Definitely try this place!

Anoka Halloween

Halloween in Anoka during the 1920's was filled with pranks from vigorous youth. To stop these pranks, a celebration was created, which grew every year. Even the teachers got involved by getting the children focus on this celebration by having the students plan and make costumes. This celebration grew to the point that in 1937, Anoka was officially named the Halloween Capital of the world. Anoka Halloween is a completely volunteer run organization that focuses on fund raising to benefit students through scholarships. They also dedicate themselves to create family friendly ways to celebrate Halloween. Don't forget to stop by and visit their gift shop and partake in the Halloween Capital of the World.

Hans' Bakery

Hans Bakery is one of the hidden gems of Anoka. Featuring German "Old World" pastries like the "Beehive", this is one of the most beloved bakeries in Anoka. Although it closed it's doors when Hans Birkner died, it has come back into our culture with a vengeance. The new owner, Kelly Olsen, revived the bakery giving the community back all their fond memories, like that of the "Texas Doughnut". This is a definite must stop while visiting Anoka.

Diane Stebner

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