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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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Lakeland Development Company brought to Spring Lake Park City Council Monday evening a proposal for a new shopping center to be called Middletown. The proposed shopping center, which will include seven small buildings and one large mall-type center, will be located on the parcel of land abutting Highway 10 and Highway 65.

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The Board of Education of School District 16 met Tuesday, April 23 and reviewed a policy for early completion of high school. After a thorough discussion the board approved the same. The Board also gave approval to “three star students” from Park Terrace Elementary to have a campout sometime in May, upon completion of a form from the parents releasing the School District of any damage, responsibility, liability to body, limb or property.

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Too little play area and too much ditch were among the complaints of residents of Restwood Terrace Mobile Home Park who appeared at the April 18 Blaine Council meeting. A councilman visited the area and felt there may be some ordinance violations.

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Construction of a $1 million Warner Home Care Center at Northtown Shopping Center will begin Monday, April 22, according to an announcement by Robert F. Peterson, north central division manager for National Building Centers. Peterson said the 55,000 sq. ft. free-standing building will be located on the northeast corner of the intersection of highway 10 and University Avenue–across highway 10 from the main shopping complex.

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Area residents appeared at an April 4 meeting of the Blaine City Council to protest a kennel license issued Feb. 7 to James and Janelle Kappes for construction of a kennel near 131st and Lexington. The residents presented a petition asking that the license be rescinded, protesting that they did not want the kennel in the area due to noise, danger to children if dogs get loose, extra traffic on the road, and loss of property value.

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An April Fool’s prank was defused but not before a bomb scare caused the principal of Roosevelt junior high to dismiss classes and brought the fire department, police and bomb squad to the scene. The incident occurred April 1 at about 1 p.m. when a student reported finding what appeared to be a ticking bomb in a boy’s restroom at Roosevelt. The “bomb” was later found to be a beer can stuffed with paper, with a wire running from that to a ticking clock. A 14-year old boy admitted to the hoax and he will be referred to juvenile court.

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The Metropolitan Council recommended March 21 that Spring Lake Park consider some modifications to its comprehensive plan in order to be consistent with metropolitan planning. The council recommended that Spring Lake Park develop a wetlands ordinance, establish buffering between residential and non-compatible developments, and evaluate the impact of the Northtown Shopping Center.

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