If you look though old issues of the Blaine newspaper, around 1972, you’ll find that grass and peat fires kept the fire department hopping. Starting in May and continuing through the summer, almost every week’s issue lists at least one or two incidents. Oftentimes children were suspected of being the instigators. Before the northern suburbs filled in, there were lots of open spaces and low-lying bogs that provided tinder for these nuisance conflagrations. One such fire-prone area was a peaty expanse on the east side of University Avenue north of 109th Avenue. Today it’s the site of Park of the Four Seasons mobile home community, but prior to 1973 when Four Seasons opened, it was a good place for fires to start.

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Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of life in the March household during Civil War America comes to life next week when Blaine High School Department of Theatre presents “Little Women – The Musical.” Curtains open 7 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3; matinees take the stage 2 p.m. April 26 and May 3.

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All students at Northwest Passage High School have been exploring the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields for years.

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On April 6 at 9:31 p.m. in the 9200 block of Lincoln Street NE, it was reported that someone broke the window of a vehicle and stole a laptop bag with an MacBook Air in it. Another vehicle was also broken into in a similar fashion in this area and had a laptop bag stolen from it, but only paperwork was in this bag.

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