UnionHerald Looking Back for April 25, 2014

The dam leaks

There is another leak in the dam, this time in the same location as the leak fixed last year. It is not thought to be a regular blow, but there is enough leakage to create a whirlpool above the dam. Engineer Burns was here yesterday and will try to stop the leak by dumping in rock, etc. It does not seem possible that the water could go under the two tiers of sheet piling, driven far into the bed of the river.

-100 years ago, April 29, 1914,
Anoka County Union

Butch Nash to guide “pig skin” of high school

George (Butch) Nash, who will receive his bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota this spring, will be coach of athletics at the Anoka high school next year. While at the university he participated in both football and basketball for three years, receiving his letter in those sports. For the past year he has been assisting coaching the freshman basketball team at the U. He played end on the U football team for three years and was chosen on the all conference big ten team.

– 75 years ago, April 26, 1939,
Anoka Herald

Red Owl will open family center here

Red Owl Stores, Inc., the nation’s 14th largest food chain, today announced plans for a late April opening of the new Red Owl Family Center located at Highway 10 and Crooked Lake Blvd. in Coon Rapids. The new convenience shopping center, Red Owl’s initial entry into non-food merchandising in the Twin City area, has been designed to fulfill the one-stop shopping needs of the entire family.

– 50 years ago, April 24, 1964
Coon Rapids Herald

The ‘capital’ focus April 20 was Anoka

Someone asked who was minding the store at the State Capitol in St. Paul, but the question was hardly relevant since Gov. Rudy Perpich, Lt. Gov. Marlene Johnson and most of Minnesota’s state commissioners were doing business in Anoka April 20. It was “Capital for a Day” in Anoka. The long day began with the governor landing via helicopter at Anoka High School for breakfast, where he was greeted by faculty and others in the crowded cafeteria politely, if somewhat cool. He was questioned about cuts in education and the impact on students and teachers. The issue of equitable funding was brought to the governor’s attention, since District 11 is near the bottom in generating money through referendum levies because of a small tax base.

– 25 years ago, April 28, 1989
Anoka County Union

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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