life looking back

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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The six month crime report prepared and reviewed by the Blaine City Council shows that the area west of Highway 65 between 101 and the SLP boundaries (excluding Northtown Shopping Center) leads the city in almost every category of offense.

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Dust, drag racing and disreputable behavior in parking lots have been causing problems for residents in the northwest section of Blaine, and two petitions brought before the Blaine City Council at a Sept. 5 meeting outline some of the problems. Residents of 90th Lane near University Avenue presented a petition asking city help in eliminating excess traffic, speeders, hotrodders, disorderly conduct in the Hofbrau parking lot, and drunken driving.

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A Coon Raids girl and a Blaine girl were killed in a three-car automobile accident Saturday afternoon at University Avenue near 99th Avenue. Heather Andersohn, 18, and Christine Beers, 20, were killed instantly when the car they were riding in skidded into oncoming traffic, hitting Everett Swap, 56, of Blaine.

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Independent School District 16 today announced its policy for free meals and free milk and reduced-priced meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals and milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Program.

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The city of Spring Lake Park, known for its enthusiastic civic groups, as the home of School District 16, and hotbed for a variety of athletics, will also be known as the city with the patriotic water tower this year. Spring Lake Park council officially okayed the bid of Apex Contracting Incorporated to paint the Spring Lake Park water tower the colors of red, white, and blue for the cost of $5,850 at Monday evening’s meeting.

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An unfinished house in the Cooper Construction project on Sixth Street in Spring Lake Park was the latest target of the unexplained firebug who has set the torch to a half dozen uncompleted North Suburban homes. Authorities today are continuing their probe of apparent arson of partially completed homes in recent months. The Cooper project was the first unfinished house hit by the firebug in Spring Lake Park.

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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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