life looking back

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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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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