Life Looking Back for June 14, 2013

New playground is community effort
A community effort for a new playground started June 2 with the ground breaking out behind University Ave. School. A Lads and Dads Day project from University school turned into an all out effort with the help of the PTA, parents, friends, students and city hall. A talent show with students donating 10 cents to attend, was added to the total donated for the new playground.
– 40 years ago, June  15, 1973

Cable ready? Not exactly…
It may take three and one half years, but Coon Rapids, Blaine and the other six northern suburbs will eventually see cable television in their homes.

For the past two months, since the commission itself approved the cable franchise for drafting, Group W has been milling over the specifications of the document trying to work out of the franchise one detail that is important to the cities involved.

That one detail is a provision for the cities, if the current laws should change, to regulate the “pay service” rates.
– 30 years ago, June 17, 1983

Blaine hosts the 1993 State Summer Special Olympic Games
Joining forces to make every participant feel a part of the event, three companies are getting involved at the Minnesota Special Olympics.

Kmart, Whamm-O and Honeywell Inc. are sponsoring a Frisbee Toss open to all the Olympians who are participating athletically and non-athletically at the Special Olympics.

The 1993 State Summer Special Olympic Games, taking place at the National Sports Center, began with opening ceremonies June 17 and will conclude June 20.
– 20 years ago, June 18, 1993

• Compiled by Sue Austreng
Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.