Looking Back

Thanks to the efforts of a Minneapolis couple and a Northwestern Bell community service team, Blaine will have a 40-foot high Christmas tree delivered to City Hall today. Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Peterson donated the 40-foot high blue spruce which, until this morning, stood in their front yard in Minneapolis.

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Exercises of high order marked the opening held Thursday evening. Speeches, music, dancing, refreshments and a pleasant social time were had. Co. B’s magnificent new home was duly dedicated with an appropriate program. The event was a social event and three hundred or so were present. The new armory is most artistic from an architectural standpoint and stands today the best single company armory in the country, according to reports made at the dedication.

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Blaine City Council Nov. 7 took action which hopefully will relieve many Blaine and Ham Lake residents of problems with odor and flies from Blaine Meats, Inc. located along Highway 65 near 129th in Blaine. Bob Hutchinson of the Anoka County Comprehensive Health Department appeared before council to describe the problem.

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A history of the city of Blaine should be available to residents shortly after the first of next year, thanks to the efforts of some interested adults and a group of young people. Five students at Blaine Senior High, under the direction of English instructor Terry Nelson, are compiling a history as part of a special English project. They began shortly after school started in September, and expect to be finished by the end of the semester.

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The Hammond special train which galloped over the state last week at a cost of $500 a day to somebody stopped in Anoka and the tried and true of Democracy were commanded to hike to the depot to hear the real gospel. A few obeyed. Mr. Hammond’s talk was very brief and he confined himself largely to dodging the real issues of the campaign and to defending his own precarious position.

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Are you glad? Dope, dope, dope, offered every week and all finds a resting place in the big waste basket. Be sure and vote Tuesday. The Union doesn’t care who you vote for as long as you vote. Even at this late hour the people fail to show any interest in politics and would rather talk of something else – base ball, football, war, etc.

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If you have not noticed, Spring Lake Park’s water tower has been painted red, white, and blue in the pattern resembling the national emblem. Recently, all three patriotic colors which stand out on the tower had to take a back seat to the publicity stirred up when the name Norma appeared on the east side of the tank. Recently, head painter Tom Schumann’s wife had separated from him. Schumann, who calls himself an “ordinary guy,” thought he would do something out of the ordinary to show his love to his wife “Norma” so he put her name up there to show that he still cares.

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At least some of the problems for residents in the area of 90th Lane and University may be solved, according to a report presented at an Oct. 17 meeting of the Blaine City Council. Several weeks ago, residents of the area presented to council a petition seeking relief from disturbances in the Hofbrau parking lot, speeding and heavy traffic. Suggested solutions included cyclone fencing and floodlighting for the parking lot and reduction of the speed limit on Univ. Avenue.

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