Life Looking Back for March 9, 2012

Pool completion set for November

Approval by the voters of Spring Lake Park School District 16 of a $500,000 swimming pool bond issue Feb. 22 clears the way for early construction of the project, school officials announced. According to the school board construction timetable, bids for the project are to be received shortly, with construction to begin this spring. Completion of the facility is anticipated by November of 1972.

Supt. Edward H. Knalson of Independent School District 16 said today that working drawings for the pool are presently in the process of being completed by the architect.

– 40 years ago, March 3, 1972


SLP council turns down arena funding request

Backers of the proposed Blaine ice arena and civic center were dealt a disappointing setback Monday night when the Spring Lake Park City Council decided to donate any city funds to the project.

Council members cited the city’s uncertain financial future along with the arena committee’s request of $50,000 as the reasons why they could not support a resolution committing city funds to the project.

– 30 years ago, March 5, 1982


Rodents to riches

Perhaps the pocket gopher’s selection of lodging may not be out of choice.

In a tradition as old as stepping in holes, the Anoka County Board recently reinstated a 75-cent bounty on pocket gophers – those tunneling denizens of the deep.

Last year, the county paid $9,116 in gopher bounty. In 1990, the gophers really took it on the chin, and probably a number of other places, for the county doled out $14,986 in rodent bounty.

– 20 years ago, Feb. 28, 1992


• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

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