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Striking up the patriotic spirit for the upcoming Bicentennial celebration the Spring Lake Park council has ordered a cost estimate to paint the city’s water tower red, white and blue. Located atop Able Park overlooking the city of Spring Lake Park, the 250,000 gallon water tank is in need of a new coat of paint since peelings and rust marks have become apparent on the structure.

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The Blaine Residents Association is hosting the annual Miss Blaine-Junior Royalty pageant tonight, July 5, 7 p.m. at Blaine High School. Candidates are Lois Hoppe, Joni Oulman, Taryn Nordstrom, Renee Weinmann, Patti Lynn Sannes, Susan Timmons, Wendy Ann Pede, Jane Copeland, Tina Holm, and Catherine Simon.

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Grand Marshal for Blaine’s Blazin’ 4th parade will be Tom Poston, who is presently starring through July 21 in the comedy “The Odd Couple” at the Friars Minnesota Music Hall Dinner Theatre in Minneapolis. Parade begins at 11 a.m. July 4. A full schedule of amusement at Aquatore Park should provide amusement for everyone following the parade. Fireworks after dusk will climax the celebration.

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June 17, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) took the first step to upgrade the Anoka County Airport to a first class general aviation facility similar to Flying Cloud or Holman Field in downtown St. Paul. By a unanimous vote, the committee directed staff to begin planning to upgrade the airport, located in Blaine, so that it could handle increased air traffic, including light jet aircraft.

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A proposal to hire 13 young people as part of a summer youth employment program administered by the county was vetoed at a June 6 meeting of the Blaine City Council. Under the program 10 individuals would be hired to work in the summer employment program for the public works department and three in parks and recreation. The city of Blaine would pay 25 percent of the wages; the rest would be funded by state and federal government.

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Developer Tom Cooper’s proposed mini gold course was approved by Spring Lake Park Council Monday evening after having been passed by the planning and zoning commission earlier in the month. The mini golf course, which will operate during the warm months of the year, will be located between the abandoned Mr. Quick Restaurant on Highway 10 and Skelly station on the corner of 83rd and Highway 10. The operation will be a portable set-up so Cooper may move his operation to warmer climates during the winter months.

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Spring Lake Park graduating senior Rick Schramm was the recipient of the single highest scholarship given by one company when he was given $6,100 from Bell and Howell to attend DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago.

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In a move which will hopefully clarify some of the city-school relationships in a city served by three school districts, the Blaine Council at a May 16 meeting instructed the city manager to prepare guidelines for negotiating agreements with all three districts relating to the use of school and city property for recreational purposes.

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