10 years ago – September 2003
An enrollment of slightly more than 7,500 is expected as ISD 831 begins the school year. … Wyoming Township residents learned their town is one of two contenders for a Polaris Industries research and development facility. … Southwest Casino and Hotel Corp. presented plans for a $10 million harness racing facility in Columbus. … Twenty-seven students were released from Fairview Lakes Medical Center after receiving bumps and bruises when their school bus was hit by a car at Highway 61 and 210th Street.
In sports, the Ranger gridders upset No. 5 Hastings, 17-2 on the road. In the process, they handed the Raiders their first homecoming loss in 32 years. Steve Carlisle had a 46-yard touchdown run to key the big win for coach Jim Herman’s squad.
20 years ago – September 1993
Concern is growing regarding overcrowding at the junior highs as district enrollment is projected to near 7,600. Donald Ruble is the new superintendent. … The Minnesota Municipal Board approved the annexation of 840 acres of Forest Lake Township property to the city of Forest Lake. The land lies west of I-35. … About 75 Forest Lake citizens met with the Police Department at a meeting requested by the public. Residents in southeast Forest Lake are frustrated by continued vandalism and theft in their area. … Steam locomotive No. 328 pulled into its new home at the Osceola Depot. It will pull historic passenger train cars on the newly formed Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway. … Having satisfied the mortgage for its post building, VFW Post 4210 held a three-day mortgage-burning celebration. … With K-Mart up and running here and Wal-Mart also exploring local options, Target has now expressed interest in Forest Lake. … Vandals shattered 89 windows at Columbus Elementary, causing more than $15,000 in damage in one night. … Matt Gifford and Heidi Goss were crowned homecoming royalty.
In sports, Eric Pierce and Justin Rice helped the Ranger cross country boys defend their title at the Pine City Invitational.
30 years ago – September 1983
Enrollment of 6,340 is reported as ISD 831 opened for the school year. … A gravestone has been returned to a Wadena cemetery after mysteriously making its way to a ditch in front of a Lino Lakes house. Lino Lakes and Anoka County officials helped track down the proper location of the stone, which belongs to a woman who died in 1969. … Forest Lake’s Jeff Thomas, 20, is the drum major for the Golden Gopher Marching Band. … A Forest Lake woman, 8.5 months pregnant, got stuck in a phone booth at the post office. Police freed her after a 15-minute battle with an untracked sliding door. … ISD 831 approved an appraisal of the Maroon and Gold Sports Center with the intent of purchasing the three-year-old arena.
In sports, the 1983 Tournament of Champions will bring 25 two-member teams to Forest Lake to fish for bass. An organizer from Minnesota Pro-Am Bass Tournaments described the lakes between here and Lindstrom as some of the best for bass in the country.
40 years ago – September 1973
School District 831 has enrollment of 5,695 students to start the school year, marking an increase of 7.7 percent … The sixth-annual Ki-Chi-Sago Day celebration will take place in Chisago City. Ki-Chi-Sago means “Great and Beautiful Water” in Native American tongue … Officials will begin work on a joint powers agreement for the formation of a joint fire department between Forest Lake Village, Forest Lake Township and Columbus Township … Dedication services will be held for three new church buildings this month: St. Paul Lutheran’s in Wyoming, Sunnyside Free Lutheran in Linwood and Bible Baptist in Chisago City … John Haluptzok’s operation, John’s Black Dirt, received a permit to excavate in Columbus Township. The business is located at Vasser Street and 181st Avenue. In other Columbus news, $22 was paid out as bounty for 69 pair of gopher feet.
In sports, Chisago Lakes blanked Forest Lake 26-0 to start the football season. Steve Fisher starred for the Trojans. Ranger coach Mike Altavilla promised to respond with some lineup changes for the Skyline Conference opener against Fridley.