Looking Back

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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Two Anoka boys make it a thousand dollars given for a foot bridge over Rum River connecting the west and east side parks. The check made out in favor of Mrs. G.S. Pease of the Advisory Park Board, to be expended under her direction.

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Mrs. S.R. Jones, well-known here as “Aunt Susie,” was treated to a genuine surprise by a company of friends last Thursday, the occasion being her 75th birthday. Numbering 30 they went to her home and walked in without ceremony. A birthday cake with 75 candles, a folding breakfast table and a basket of packages was presented. The guests obliged Aunt Susie to open the packages which disclosed grape fruit, oranges, bananas, nuts, jelly, grape juice marmalade, in fact, all sorts of goodies.

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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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The Reed & Sherwood Manufacturing Co., made a record last year, unequaled by few concerns. They ran the factory 310 days, employing on an average 70 men. The product of the factory was distributed from the shores of Lake Michigan to the waters of the Pacific. All moneys received, except that paid for raw material is expended in Anoka. Many people do not realize what a company means to Anoka that has 70 men on the payroll and works 310 days in a year.

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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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Friday afternoon Mr. LeRoy Cady, of the state Agricultural college at St. Anthony Park, will visit Anoka to inspect the land which will be used for the new park, and to advise with Anoka people as to the best plan for utilizing the same and improving it. Mr. Cady kindly gives his services to Anoka free of charge.

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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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