Life Looking Back

SLP employees beat Jaycees in donkey game
Spring Lake Park village employees beat the Jaycees in a donkey softball game 2-1 at the Spring Lake Park senior high school field July 3.
The contest was sponsored by the Spring Lake Park Jaycees. The donkeys were from California.
No sooner had the game started when it became evident that no one had an understanding with the donkeys and they did as they pleased.
– 40 years ago, July 13, 1973

Two canoeing down the Mississippi
Two young Blaine men are paddling a custom made 19 foot cedar strip canoe down the Mississippi River this summer and they expect to reach the Gulf of Mexico early in September.
Ken Nold and Dan Zimmerman are both graduates of Blaine High School. They began their journey at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park on June 13 and covered the distance between Itasca and Coon Rapids dam in just two weeks, averaging 35 miles per day.
– 30 years ago, July 15, 1983

Equity wins
Girls’ hockey program will begin this year in District 11. Girls’ ice hockey has used the power play to its advantage, successfully defending its goal of starting a program in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
Following more than two months of lobbying and insistence by supporters that District 11 initiate a girls’ hockey program for the 1993-94 season, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board Monday night approved the participation of at least one but no more than four teams in the sport.
The decision by the board was made in response to a call for gender equity between girls’ and boys’ athletes.
– 20 years ago, July 16, 1993

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.