Life Looking Back for Jan. 31, 2014

Disneyworld trip fulfills dream for Blaine family

Five year old Ricky Melvig had to wait an extra day for an extra-special Christmas present this year, but it’s doubtful that he minded very much. Ricky, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Melvig of Blaine, has leukemia, and doctors rate his chances of survival as poor. A trip to Disneyland had always been one of Ricky’s dreams, and friends and neighbors, aware of his illness, organized to start a trust fund at Lexington Bank for that purpose. In the meantime, an article brought Ricky to the attention of Bob Daniels of Mainline Travel and Ricky’s waiting was over.

– 40 years ago, Feb. 1, 1974

District 11 picked for IBM computer literacy program

Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 was one of 26 school districts nationwide selected by the IBM Corporation to participate in a computer literacy program, Governor Rudy Perpich announced yesterday (Thursday). IBM will donate 75 computers and related software, plus $10,000 to be used for staff training purposes in District 11.

– 30 years ago, Feb. 3, 1984

Excellence in education

Johnsville and Park Terrace schools received incentive grants for their outstanding work providing excellence in learning. The schools each received a grant from the Minnesota State Board of Education to continue effective programs.

– 20 years ago, Feb. 4, 1994

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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