Keepers of the County - CoverThe Anoka County Historical Society will partner with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office to offer Keepers of the County: Crime and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at a discounted price during the Anoka County Fair, July 22-27. The Sheriff’s Office will be offering coupons to purchase the book for $25.00 (sales tax included). The book ordinarily sells for $29.95 + sales tax.

Coupons will be offered at Sheriff’s booth, located near the west entrance, and the book will be sold at the house at the Old Farm Place, centrally located on the grounds, to the west of the Grandstand. The book is also available at the Anoka County History Center and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. The coupons will be honored until July 31, 2014.

Published in 2013, Keepers of the County tells the story of the evolution of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and its humble beginnings in 1857, to its time chasing down bootleggers and rum runners, to its transformation into a modern law enforcement agency. There are stories about election recounts, violent crimes and missing alligators.

The book is the recent recipient of a Minnesota History Award in the publications category. Wendel was invited to the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum’s annual meeting in Mankato on June 19 to receive the award along with seven other organizations. The awards are presented given for projects and programs that demonstrate excellence in the field of Minnesota history. This is the second Minnesota History Award the Historical Society has received.