Life Looking Back for April 4, 2014

‘Bomb’ defused at Roosevelt

An April Fool’s prank was defused but not before a bomb scare caused the principal of Roosevelt junior high to dismiss classes and brought the fire department, police and bomb squad to the scene. The incident occurred April 1 at about 1 p.m. when a student reported finding what appeared to be a ticking bomb in a boy’s restroom at Roosevelt. The “bomb” was later found to be a beer can stuffed with paper, with a wire running from that to a ticking clock. A 14-year old boy admitted to the hoax and he will be referred to juvenile court.

– 40 years ago, April 5, 1974

System to clean up Laddie Lake okayed

Spring Lake Park City Council agreed Monday night to pay for one third the cost of a system it hopes to clean up Laddie Lake. The council agreed to pay $7619.95 in installation costs for a lake diffuser system and a micro-organism application. The city of Blaine which owns two thirds of the lake will pay $15,239.89 and the Laddie Lake Homeowners Association will pay $1000. Spring Lake Park will then pay one third the annual operating cost.

– 30 years ago, April 6, 1984

Pilot program provides forum for students to support each other

Every Tuesday afternoon, about a dozen students get together to talk about what is happening in their lives. They speak frankly about their successes and their problems, both at home and at school. This is what Panther Force, a pilot program at Westwood Middle School, is all about.  It’s in this setting where these students, commonly referred to as at-risk students, draw support from each other in dealing with the changes in their lives.

– 20 years ago, April 8, 1994

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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

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