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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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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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