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Twenty-eight Spring Lake Park students will be traveling abroad to Germany and Spain for two weeks next month as part of the International Student Experience Program that involves a number of high schools in the state of Minnesota. This will be the first year that Spring Lake Park has participated in this program which is three years old and directed by James Phalen, an ex-Spanish teacher.

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Northtown Center will be host to movie great, Ernest Borgnine from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Robert Muir, owner and developer of Northtown Center, and his personal friend, Ernest Borgnine, have recently worked together creating a television spot for Northtown where Ernest Borgnine, while in the middle of the ocean, indicates he is swimming to Northtown to shop because it’s “well worth the trip.”

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A study in white racism and the problems it has created in society has been the topic in School District 16 secondary social studies classes the past three weeks as part of the Council on Quality Education of the State of Minnesota. Some 1,700 students took the three-week course along with 60 adult students who sat in the social studies classes.

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Five year old Ricky Melvig had to wait an extra day for an extra-special Christmas present this year, but it’s doubtful that he minded very much. Ricky, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Melvig of Blaine, has leukemia, and doctors rate his chances of survival as poor.

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Carl Otte’s recent retirement from Blaine’s Charter Commission marked the end of 38 years of continuous service to Blaine as it grew from township to village to city. Otte, who celebrated his 75th birthday Jan. 7, served on the township sewer board, on village council, and on the Charter Commission.

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In response to reports of frequent violations of snowmobile laws in Spring Lake Park, councilman Jack Gustavson offered the following: “I would like to express my disappointment with continued misuse of snowmobiles in the Village of Spring Lake Park. The majority of violations are as follows: children under age of 14 riding on streets, illegal riding on private property and parks and riding after 10 p.m. curfew. If parents, youth and adults don’t follow Village Ordinance to the law the council will have to ban snowmobiles in the Village.”

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Would-be thieves pried open a window at the rear of Clyde’s Pizza on Highway 65 near Soderville Dec. 26. They forced open a cigarette machine and juke box, but the machines were apparently empty. The damage, however, was estimated at $75.

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