Life Looking Back for May 30, 2014

Wins $6,100 scholarship

Spring Lake Park graduating senior Rick Schramm was the recipient of the single highest scholarship given by one company when he was given $6,100 from Bell and Howell to attend DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago.

– 40 years ago, May 31, 1974

Centennial’s auditorium/ice arena committee present feasibility report

A report from Centennial District 12 auditorium/ice arena study committee that was formed in March to look into the feasibility of the district financing the building of such a facility was presented to the school board Thursday. Since its conception, the idea has stirred much controversy within the district. The total project costs were to be $2.3 million or less, with the money mainly being generated through property taxes. Presenting the report Ron Nicholas, committee member said, “There are many hurdles to be overcome yet.”

– 30 years ago, June 1, 1984

Damaging winds

Although most of the area survived the severe thunderstorms on Memorial Day, Betty Brenny’s house in Spring Lake Park was not as fortunate. Strong winds blew a massive tree over and onto her house, causing considerable damage to the roof. “The house shook for 30 seconds after the tree hit,” Brenny said. “I didn’t know what was happening.” The tree also took down some power lines, forcing the electricity to be shut off.

– 20 years ago, June 3, 1994

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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