Life Looking Back for Jan. 11, 2013

Christmas party held for kids

The Spring Lake Park Kraus-Hartig VFW Post and Auxiliary held their community Christmas program for children Dec. 17.

Commander Marv Koening welcomed the crowd and Kenny Tjsvold played banjo and sang songs. Donna the Clown told jokes and the audience joined her in singing Christmas carols.

A skit on trees in the forest was presented. Santa soon arrived and gave treats to everyone and the Post gave free pop.

– 40 years ago, Dec. 29, 1972

Good deal ending in Spring Lake Park

Like many Twin Cities lakes, Spring Lake can get a little “green” during the summer dog days. To keep Spring Lake fresh over the years, Ramsey County has pumped water into the lake from a nearby deep well pump.

For the cities of Spring Lake Park and Mounds View, which jointly operate Lakeside Park, the swimming beach and playground on Spring Lake, the arrangement has been a good deal. But the good deal is about to end.

Spring Lake Park Council members learned last week Ramsey County has eliminated funds for the county’s deep well pumping program in 1983.

– 30 years ago, Dec. 31, 1982

A generous portion of pie

Westwood Middle School Principal Dr. Gayle Anderson and Dean of Students Mark Sanbo got pies in the face courtesy of Neil Jokinen’s PRIDE group during a school assembly Dec. 23. Sanbo had promised students to take a pie in the face if they donated at least 2,000 items to the Southern Anoka County Assistance food shelf. Anderson further agreed to take a pie in the face if the students doubled that goal of 2,000 items.

– 20 years ago, Jan. 1, 1993

• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

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