Life Looking Back for Jan. 25, 2013

Blaine mayor pleads guilty, pays $300 fine

Blaine Mayor Roger Barnes last Tuesday pleaded guilty to driving after suspension of his license and paid a $300 fine in Anoka County Court.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Nov. 8 after he failed twice to appear in court to face the charge. Barnes reportedly has spent the last two months in California.

Barnes’ license was suspended Dec. 23, 1971, police records show, after an accident. The records also show that he had no license when stopped by police Feb. 15, 1968. Blaine police last fall picked up Barnes for driving after suspension.

– 40 years ago, Jan. 12, 1973

Road project could be delayed

The idea of reconstructing Osborne Road has been in the mill for about three years according to the Director of Physical Development for Anoka County, Bud Redepenning, but the starting of the project still could be delayed if final approval is not given by Fridley and Spring Lake Park.

The project initially started as just the reconstruction of the road, but previous plans set down by the Anoka County Department of Parks for a bike and walkway along Osborne Road prompted the County to throw the idea to the two cities.

– 30 years ago, Jan. 14, 1983

Technology study is on District 11’s horizon

Imagine it. A telephone in every classroom, a computer station, a large-screen monitor, camcorders, laser disk players and scanners, all at the student’s and the teacher’s immediate disposal.

The vision may not be that far off.

– 20 years ago, Jan. 15, 1993

• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

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