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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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Two researchers from the Children’s Television Workshop, creaters of Sesame Street and The Electric Company, conducted a week-long study at Madison Elementary School this past week. They worked with students and staff using instructional materials based on the Sesame Street and The Electric Company shows.

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Blaine police chief Charles Merriman reports that, with the recent snowfalls, the police department has begun to receive questions and complaints about the operation of snowmobiles. He asks all residents to abide by the regulations of City Ordinance 261, regulating the use of snowmobiles.

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The School District 16 Board of Education voiced concern in regard to the cancellation of extra-curricular activities during the holidays and practice during that time, as decreed by directive from the commissioner of education.

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Resolutions concerning public transportation between the Village of Spring Lake Park and the City of St. Paul were passed by the Spring Lake Park Village Council Monday evening in an attempt to alleviate the consumption of fuel during the energy crisis.

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Blaine Senior high school dedication ceremonies will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 beginning at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. The ceremonies will begin with the students in the Naval R.O.T.C. unit presenting the colors. Jim Bower, well known twin city soloist and a resident of the Blaine high school area, will sing the National Anthem. Rev. Bob Myers, Coon Rapids Church of Christ will give the invocation.

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