life looking back

Thanks to the efforts of a Minneapolis couple and a Northwestern Bell community service team, Blaine will have a 40-foot high Christmas tree delivered to City Hall today. Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Peterson donated the 40-foot high blue spruce which, until this morning, stood in their front yard in Minneapolis.

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Blaine City Council Nov. 7 took action which hopefully will relieve many Blaine and Ham Lake residents of problems with odor and flies from Blaine Meats, Inc. located along Highway 65 near 129th in Blaine. Bob Hutchinson of the Anoka County Comprehensive Health Department appeared before council to describe the problem.

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A history of the city of Blaine should be available to residents shortly after the first of next year, thanks to the efforts of some interested adults and a group of young people. Five students at Blaine Senior High, under the direction of English instructor Terry Nelson, are compiling a history as part of a special English project. They began shortly after school started in September, and expect to be finished by the end of the semester.

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If you have not noticed, Spring Lake Park’s water tower has been painted red, white, and blue in the pattern resembling the national emblem. Recently, all three patriotic colors which stand out on the tower had to take a back seat to the publicity stirred up when the name Norma appeared on the east side of the tank. Recently, head painter Tom Schumann’s wife had separated from him. Schumann, who calls himself an “ordinary guy,” thought he would do something out of the ordinary to show his love to his wife “Norma” so he put her name up there to show that he still cares.

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At least some of the problems for residents in the area of 90th Lane and University may be solved, according to a report presented at an Oct. 17 meeting of the Blaine City Council. Several weeks ago, residents of the area presented to council a petition seeking relief from disturbances in the Hofbrau parking lot, speeding and heavy traffic. Suggested solutions included cyclone fencing and floodlighting for the parking lot and reduction of the speed limit on Univ. Avenue.

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At an Oct. 8 meeting, the Board of Education of Independent School District 16 began work on plans for a new fine arts auditorium. Board members proceeded with the necessary resolution whereby the School District would construct an auditorium for the fine arts, which would mainly be comprised of plays, operas, musicals and operettas, also contests, debate and speech events.

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An explosion and fire which destroyed their mobile home and belongings Oct. 2 was the final blow in the last of a series of unhappy events for the Nicholas Flaig family of Centennial Trailer Court in Blaine. Mr. Flaig had been laid off work and was just starting a new job when the fire occurred. Mrs. Flaig had lost her job Sept. 22 due to the closing of a business where she was employed. But it is the fire which the family will remember most.

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The Board of Education of Independent School District 16 held its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Board of Education Building, where the Supreme Court’s decision on the Disparity Law was reviewed.

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Sidewalks have begun to appear along city streets in Spring Lake Park including a section that was poured last week along Monroe south of 81st. Earlier this year Spring Lake Park okayed a sidewalk project for various city streets to alleviate the walking problems along the roadways.

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