Life Looking Back for Sept. 1

Anoka-Hennepin teachers press class sizes

Class size has been a major discussion topic at recent school board meetings and meet and confer sessions. The teachers want to make it a subject for negotiations, but the school board has instructed its negotiators that class size was not a negotiable item.

– 40 years ago, Sept. 2, 1977

Highway 10 planning underway

Dan Erhart, chairman of the Anoka County Board, said the Highway 10 project is “exceedingly important if we are going to maintain transportation links with the rest of the metropolitan region.” Therefore, when funding for new Highway 10 wasn’t in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s six year budget, city and county officials decided to make things happen. Representatives of Blaine, Coon Rapids and Anoka County signed a joint powers agreement Sept. 1, committing the three parties to the funding of the initial design and engineering costs through bond sales.

– 30 years ago, Sept. 4, 1987

Man murdered in SLP home

Two suspects in the homicide of a Spring Lake Park resident Aug. 20 were taken into custody about midnight Tuesday. The two, a 17-year-old youth from St. Anthony and a 20-year-old man from Spring Lake Park, Stephen Lee Dean, were arrested in Spring Lake Park, Capt. Len Christ of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division said Wednesday morning. Robert Marc Anderson, 32, was beaten with a rifle, stomped and stabbed to death in his mobile home Aug. 20.

– 20 years ago, Aug. 29, 1997

• Compiled by Eric Hagen

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