I recently heard about a good spot to see the city of Anoka from. On the seventh floor of the Anoka County Courthouse, there are several windows that provide an expansive view of the town and the surrounding land. From this height, it looks like Anoka is surrounded by a huge forest, only occasionally broken by other buildings.
I was able to clean up this wider photo in Lightroom afterwards, but there is still some flare visible on the left. Trying to take photos at too much of an angle got even more distorted…a tricky aspect of taking photos through windows. This shows quite a bit of downtown Anoka though.