Union Looking Back for Dec. 27, 2013

State expert to visit Anoka

Friday afternoon Mr. LeRoy Cady, of the state Agricultural college at St. Anthony Park, will visit Anoka to inspect the land which will be used for the new park, and to advise with Anoka people as to the best plan for utilizing the same and improving it. Mr. Cady kindly gives his services to Anoka free of charge.

-100 years ago, Dec. 31, 1913

Cuts off his own hand to save his life

Henry Donnett, 32-year old janitor at the Minneapolis Central high school and known in Anoka having worked at the Federal plant here and having children at the high school here, saved his life by cutting off his right hand which became caught in a stoker plunger in the furnace at the Minneapolis school. He was alone and after he had severed his hand he called for help on a telephone and insisted another janitor be called. He was rushed to a hospital where his condition was declared critical.

– 75 years ago, Dec. 28, 1938

Yes, Virginia, there’s a Santa – for adults, too

Through erudite understandings and close alliance with Santa’s secretaries, we find that children aren’t the only ones who write hopeful notes to the season’s purveyor of all good things. This Christmas, more and more grown-ups are addressing requests directly to the North Pole, zip code 99701.

– 50 years ago, Dec. 27, 1963

Round Lake becomes weekend race haven for fast snowmobilers

It seems that Andover’s Round Lake has become the metropolitan area snowmobile raceway. Residents have complained that snowmobilers are using Round Lake as a test track during the weekends and sleds are moving in excess of 100 mph. Under the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ guidelines, snowmobilers cannot travel at speeds of more than 50 mph on any Minnesota waterway. However, the DNR,  which oversees public waterways such as Round Lake, may issue special use permits for snowmobilers wishing to operate their machines faster than 50 mph.

– 25 years ago, Dec. 30, 1988

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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