10 years ago – December 2003

The Chisago City Council voted to attempt to annex more than 11,000 acres of Wyoming Township’s east side. Township supervisors voted unanimously to fight the effort, as the annexation would include more than half the township’s land mass and 75 percent of its households, including the homes of each supervisor…Three finalists are being interviewed for the position of city administrator in Wyoming. Dennis Coryell will leave the post at the end of the month for the same position in Baxter…A Bratz doll is on the Christmas list of Heather Claussen…In sports, the Ranger dance team’s fourth year will be its first as an official varsity sport.

20 years ago – December 1993

Two Forest Lake Township men were arrested after the largest drug raid in Washington County history. It involved eight search warrants and led to the confiscation of some $237,000 in cash and $180,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana…Traffic signal lights will be installed on both sides of the Broadway Avenue bridge over I-35…Facing falling business, District Memorial Hospital is searching for its niche. A request for proposal sent out to a dozen major health care providers failed to yield any proposals…Easy-Bake Ovens and Nintendos dotted the Christmas lists from second-graders at Forest View Elementary….The Ranger boys basketball team is 5-0 and ranked fourth in the state. One of the wins came at the Target Center, where Forest Lake crushed Chisago Lakes. Ryan Poepard had 18 points and Jerry Nelson added eight blocks.

30 years ago – December 1983

Two 12-inch snowstorms in the last week of November contributed to a record 26 inches for that month here, says official U.S. Weather Observer Floyd Cohoes…Linwood Township officials are in the process of signing construction documents for a senior citizens center to be added to the north end of the current township building on Type Creek Drive…The Barzen International bird seed processing plant in Stacy burned in an overnight fire that caused an estimated $2 million in damage. Three firefighters were injured and water was brought from Wyoming after the Stacy water tower was nearly drained…The Ranger Marching Band and American Legion Post 225 color guard will perform at the 27th annual Cotton Bowl Festival Parade in Dallas…While her classmate Mike Petry wanted He-Man toys, Forest View Elementary third-grader Malanie Larson asked Santa for only 10 cents, as she already had 13 dollars and 55 cents…Once again, Linwood residents are traveling to the Thames Street farm of Ken Olson to take in a Christmas display of 5,000 lights.

40 years ago – December 1973

Due to the energy crisis, the chamber has eliminated all lighted Christmas decorations, save for the tree atop the Crown Auto building…Showings of “The Shaggy Chimp” and “3 Stooges Comedy” at the Forest Theatre will be free to children as part of Santa’s visit to Forest Lake. Santa will be greeted with a new house at Salzer Mall…The school district’s bond issue of $2,885,000 for additional elementary facilities passed by a wide margin, 1,667-894…Village Administrator Donald C. Mack resigned, one week after the council’s stunning vote to relieve him of his duties. The council rescinded their vote at the next meeting to allow him the chance to resign…On a lighter note, Scandia kindergartner Malia Johnson wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy for Christmas. Besides Barbie dolls, a doll house and a sled, she asked for her tooth to grow in…As there are no girls basketball programs at the junior high level, Century Junior High students Julie Bracht, Becky Michaelson and Lori Florhaug are out for the boys team this winter.