Life Looking Back for Sept. 8

Christmas in August

The Salvation Army Community Center of Blaine, 611-112th Ave. NE held its annual “Christmas in August” party, Monday, Aug. 15 with many young people from the community participating. The events included a horseshoe tournament, watermelon eating contest, swim contests, tug of war and a egg toss contest.

– 40 years ago, Sept. 9, 1977

Amphitheater project delayed

The Blaine city staff has proposed no less than 14 restrictions on the amphitheater, with most of the responsibility for crowd control, noise monitoring, policing and cleanup placed upon the developers, Northstar Financial Corporation, who have proposed to build a $15 million, 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater called Pheasant Ridge Music Center. Last Thursday, Sept. 3, the Blaine City Council voted to postpone declaring the 97-acre amphitheater site a tax increment financing district.

– 30 years ago, Sept. 11, 1987

SLP Police Chief Porter retires

Spring Lake Park Police Chief Bruce Porter won’t be chasing down speeders, apprehending burglars, managing his patrol officers or shuffling paper work any longer. Porter turned in his badge, gun, holster and a 30-year career in law enforcement as of Tuesday in favor of a retirement that he hopes will free him from the rigors and responsibility of a job that he has characterized as both fulfilling and demanding.

– 20 years ago, Sept. 5, 1997

• Compiled by Eric Hagen

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