UnionHerald Looking Back for July 25, 2014

Joel Bassett tied up

The steamer Joel Bassett is at St. Cloud, and has been tied up for the season. Captain Craig left today for Anoka, where he will get acquainted with his family again, having put in a busy season with the boat this spring. The steamer will be in the care of Engineer Geo. Goodwin. The high water helped out the boom company by making short work of the big drive and it will be the last drive of the season past St. Cloud.

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

John Rathka loses leg in train accident

John Rathka, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Logan of Grand Rapids, former proprietors of Trail Inn in Anoka, had his left leg crushed when he fell beneath the wheels of a Great Northern freight train two miles north of Princeton, Tuesday morning, July 18. John, who is 17 years old, had been visiting friends in Anoka and was on his way home when the accident occurred. He was attempting to hitch a ride on the train.

– 75 years ago, July 26, 1939
Anoka Herald

Coon Rapids, Anoka recreation groups proposed

Meetings scheduled in both cities next week. Lyle McLaughlin, recreation coordinator for Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District 11, has called public meetings in Anoka and Coon Rapids next week for the purpose of presenting an organizational structure for athletic associations for each of the two cities.

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

High speed chase puts driver in the hospital

A high speed chase on Highway 242/Main Street that encompassed three cities ended in a one-car rollover accident in Blaine early Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle, Randall Bruce VanWagner, 25, was pursued by officers from the Anoka, Blaine and Coon Rapids police departments. During the chase officers clocked VanWagner’s car at more than 100 mph. VanWagner was rushed to Unity Medical Center after his car rolled out of control at Highways 65 and 242 in Blaine.

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

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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