Looking Back

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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From both the standpoint of merchants and citizens we take great pleasure in announcing that plans have been laid for the expending of several thousands of dollars in the enlarging, remodeling and refurnishing of our store, Smith Bros of Anoka. It cannot but please you to know that we have enuf confidence in Anoka’s future to spend much good hard cash to make this an up-to-date store to trade in. We feel that Anoka is growing better each year and that we should keep pace with her progress if possible.

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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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Splendid exercises at city hall conclude school year for 1914 class. Dr. L.A. Weigle, orator. Reception tendered graduates and alumni by junior class. Owing to the limited capacity of the hall, admission was by ticket, and the hall was comfortably filled. The junior class acted as ushers and decorated the hall. The decorations were decidedly pretty, and were done in green and white, the class colors. Over the archway was the class motto, also done in green and white: “Row, Not Drift.” Dr. W.E. Young invoked Divine blessing and the girls quintet sang, “Winken, Blinken and Nod,” by Nevin. Esther A. Petersen gave the salutatory address. It was well given, and was short and to the point.

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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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Twenty years ago we were a very small store. Each year with your support we have grown, steadily, surely, until now we have a store to be proud of. We are proud. This sale is an appreciation of your splendid support. We shall offer you bargains for this sale truly remarkable. The items quoted and many others have been shorn of all profit. In every sense of the word it is your week. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity. A beautiful and useful souvenir will be given to each customer buying one dollar or more.

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Chief Haley nabbed a Peeping Tom Monday evening. The fellow has worked in the harness factory, was not exceptionally bright, and it is believed he is the same man who has made trouble before. Someone has been peeping in various windows. … Monday night he started on his crusade and as he was looking in at Mrs. Hollis’ window, the chief nabbed him. He wept copiously over his arrest, and was given a suspended sentence and “deported.”

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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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