Every so often we acknowledge leaders of Sherburne County. No real criteria exists for selecting these profiles of greatness. We simply select individuals we believe played an important role in the history of Sherburne County. With this column, we look at the life of newspaper editor and politician Arthur N. Dare.
|Arthur Dare--1850 to 1923|
Born in Onondaga County, New York on May 25, 1850 Arthur N. Dare lived an early life packed with adventure. Living in New York until age 18, he traveled with his family to Wisconsin, and from there, at age 20, he landed in Minneapolis. While in the cities, he studied for four years as a printer. In the early 1870s he signed on as a sailor on a whaling ship to see the world. After a quick journey into the South Pacific, he returned to Minnesota and settled in Elk River. In 1878 he purchased half ownership in the Elk River newspaper. In less than a year he had purchased the other half of the paper to become editor, publisher, and owner of the Sherburne County Star News.
Over time, his journalistic work and thought provoking editorials gained attention throughout Minnesota. In 1895 he was elected to the first of three terms to the Minnesota House of Representatives on the Republican ticket. In his third term the legislature elected him Speaker of the House. In 1901, he left the House, political leaders urged him to set his sights on Washington, D.C. to run for the Sixth District House of Representatives. He declined their encouragement and resumed his printing career. In 1917 he retired from the newspaper business, turning over the operations of the newspaper to his son, Laurence Dare.
At the time of his death, newspaper publishers throughout the state recognized him as a gifted writer, editor and publisher of the Sherburne County Star News. In the pages of his newspaper, Mr. Dare boosted and promoted Elk River and Sherburne County. In reading his columns no doubt existed, his goal in life was to advocate for his home county.
Arthur Dare passed away in his home on September 4, 1923.