Life Looking Back for Jan. 17, 2014

Carl Otte – 38 years of service to Blaine

Carl Otte’s recent retirement from Blaine’s Charter Commission marked the end of 38 years of continuous service to Blaine as it grew from township to village to city. Otte, who celebrated his 75th birthday Jan. 7, served on the township sewer board, on village council, and on the Charter Commission. In addition, he was chairman of School District 60 for 18 years, was a member of the conservation commission, and was a fire warden until that job was discontinued.

– 40 years ago, Jan. 18, 1974

District 11 gets state technology grant

Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 was one of 10 Minnesota school districts or groups of districts to receive a share of the $1.2 million appropriated by the state legislature for grants aimed at putting technology to use in the classroom. Jan. 13 the Minnesota Board of Education awarded $125,120 to District 11 and seven cooperating districts to develop a model program for training teachers to use technology differently.

– 30 years ago, Jan. 20, 1984

New state initiative expected to help county‘s homeless

A Minnesota winter is no time or place to be homeless. And recently several programs have reached into the county to help prevent this. One such program, sponsored by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, recently presented Anoka County officials with a $200,000 check to be used under a new state initiative, the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program.

– 20 years ago, Jan. 21, 1994

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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