Life Looking Back for Feb. 3, 2012

Sale of Johnsville Liquor outlet approved by Blaine City Council

The Blaine Council approved the sale of Blaine’s Johnsville Liquor outlet and approved half of a proposed expansion of the city’s off-sale liquor business. Action on municipal liquor items was the first order of business considered by council members at their Jan. 20 meeting.

Sale of the Johnsville outlets was necessary as the city must get out of the on-sale business to issue private on-sale liquor licenses in accord with provisions of the state split-liquor law which Blaine voters approved. On-sale and off-sale operations at Johnsville were integrated which forced the sale of the entire outlet.

– 40 years ago, Jan. 28, 1972


Area digging out from record snowfall

Minnesotans are used to snow and cold weather but last week’s record setting snowfall coupled with high winds nearly brought everything to a standstill in the area.

But state, county and city road crews quickly answered the challenge and worked day and night to clear snow from the streets and highways and area residents manned snowshovels and snowblowers to clear driveways and sidewalks.

– 30 years ago, Jan. 29, 1982


Blaine considers proposal, amends its city charter

Under a proposal from the Blaine Charter Commission, the city manager would be allowed to make contracts and purchases under $7,500, increasing the amount from $5,000. The Blaine City Council approved the first reading of the ordinance change to its city charter and will consider it for adoption at its Jan. 16 meeting.

– 20 years ago, Jan. 24, 1992


• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

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