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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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Spring Lake Park Mrs. Jaycees were the recipients of several awards at the Minnesota Mrs. Jaycee annual summer awards meeting in Crookston July 19-20. Awards included first for aid to retarded citizens, accent on youth and Jaycee assistance. The club won a first in division for distinguished chapter, and placed third in the state overall.

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If a gun ordinance proposed at the July 18 meeting of the Blaine City Council is approved, hunting will be banned entirely within the City of Blaine. An ordinance which would allow hunting in some areas of Blaine was introduced but after discussion a new ordinance banning all hunting within the city was asked to be prepared.

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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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