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The fourth-annual Justin’s Gift LGBTQ Youth Pride event – a celebration of students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two-spirited, and their ally friends – takes place 4:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Pavillions 1 and 3), 9750 Egret Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids.

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Barney Oldfield, one of the greatest auto drivers in the world, has entered his 200 horsepower Christie and Fiat Cyclone cars in the auto races at the Minnesota State Fair, Sept. 12. He has put up a forfeit that he will drive a mile one second faster than any other person. As he must compete against the greatest drivers in America, he will have his hands full.

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City staff presented reports on controlling animals, tree disease and dust at an Aug. 1 meeting of the Blaine City Council. Due to the passage of a shade tree disease control law by the 1974 legislature, the city will soon have to take action on Dutch Elm and Oak Wilt disease within Blaine.

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