Yesteryears

10 years ago – February 2004

Bob Cockburn retired from the Forest Lake Police Department. He is the last of the force’s original six members to retire. Officer Rick Peterson will take over investigative duties…Wyoming’s Kathie and Jess Eliason were elected the Valentine’s royal couple at the Columbus Senior Citizen Center…Forest Lake has changed the fire chief’s job to a full-time position. Gary Sigfrinius will stay in the bumped-up role…One-hundred and counting is the enrollment for this fall at Lakes International Language Academy, the K-4 Spanish immersion charter school set to open here this year. In sports, seniors Lorin Skoglund and Laura Edlund qualified for the Nordic ski state tournament…Suburban East Conference athletic directors have appealed the high school league’s decision to place St. Paul private school Cretin-Derham Hall into the conference.

20 years ago – February 1994

The search is on in Forest Lake to replace retiring city clerk Robert R. Houle. Discussion is also planned on whether to change to a city-manager form of government…Lifelong Forest Lake resident Jim Trudeau announced he will not seek a fifth term as Washington County Sheriff…State Rep. Pam Neary, Afton, found little support during a visit to Forest Lake for her proposed legislation that would aim to curb growth in the county. The proposal includes freezing the current metro sewer service area and implementing an occupancy tax on new development…A Ford Explorer, a boat with motor and trailer, and a trip to Hawaii were the top three prizes in the Golden Rainbow Ice Fishing Contest. More than 1,000 fish were caught…A Blaine man and a St. Croix Falls boy died in a head-on crash on Highway 8 in Wyoming Township…In sports, Raegan Jackson and Rebecca Huntosh qualified for state individually while helping the gymnastics team place third in Section 7AA.

30 years ago – February 1984

Forty merchants set up at the area’s first bridal show. It took place at the VFW and was sponsored by WLKX Radio…Standing water plagued the Pepsi Challenge Cup car race on Forest Lake. About 45 cars were stuck with frozen brakes or frosted ignition systems…FLHS senior Jodi Brown and junior Kim Hult won the Central Minnesota District Debate Tournament of the National Forensic League and qualified for nationals…In sports, five wrestlers are off to the individual state tournament. They are Tim Menne, Tom Menne, Jeff Thompson, Curt Cohoes and Gary Rosenberg.

40 years ago – February 1974

Six-hundred anglers brazed sub-zero weather in the 11th annual Jaycees ice fishing contest, but the turnout of fish was low…Forest Lake High School graduate Robert Cockburn became the sixth member of the local police force…Bucky Koch and Cassie Ortenblad were voted king and queen of the Sophomore Valentine Dance at FLHS…Evelyne Swanberg was voted District 831 teacher of the year by her peers…A Burlington Northern freight train derailed in Wyoming. No one was hurt and the affected cars were empty…In sports, a special section introduced the sport of hockey as boys of the new high school program prepared for the region tournament. Doug Peltier’s team finished 9-5-2…John Reiman’s matmen defended their Region 7 championship.

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