10 years ago:

Construction began at the Walmart in Forest Lake for an expansion project to transform the store into a super center.


Liana Johnson was the 2009 recipient of the Chief Schwartz Award for service above self. The Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau Award is named in honor of retired Police Chief Dave Schwartz. The award was presented by Chief Clark Quiring.


A freak injury forced Matrix, the Forest Lake Police Department K-9 officer, into retirement. The then-7-year-old, 90-pound German shepherd experienced severe gastric distension, also known as a rolled stomach, while coming off duty the morning of July 9. The dog underwent surgery to repair the stomach, and after a 36-hour hospital stay, he was expected to make a full recovery and was sent home to recuperate. However, the veterinarian’s opinion was that the extreme physical requirements involved with police work would prevent the dog from continuing as a K-9 officer. Sgt. Mark Richert, the dog’s handler, kept the dog.


Masquers Theatre Company opened its summer production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Forest Lake High School. The cast included Scott Stoneking as Joseph, Nathan Hoarn as Pharaoh, and Doniver Alhm as Jacob. 

25 years ago:

The Forest Lake Chorus of Sweet Adelines International won the trophy for “best musical unit” and The Steel Drummerettes float was awarded the trophy for “best musical float” in the Forest Lake Fourth of July parade.


The Wyoming City Council endorsed the Forest Lake School District’s selection of a 70-acre site west of Wyoming Elementary School for a new junior high school. The property, in Wyoming Township, would require sewer and water and other services from the city. The Wyoming Township board voted 3-2 also on July 5 that the town board did not prefer the school on that site.


Forest Lake High School’s yearbook staff won first place in a regional competition for its 1995 yearbook design, which was done prior to the start of the 1994-1995 school year. Four members of The Forester staff entered the competition, which took place on June 27-30 at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Ninety yearbook staffs from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa entered the competition, which was sponsored by Taylor Publishing Company. The award was accepted by assistant yearbook adviser Maria Kaiser, senior co-editor Amy Grzybowski, and staff members senior Kristina Allaman, junior Jon Vincent and sophomore Kerry Grzybowski.


50 years ago:

Miss Forest Lake Cindy Vadner narrowly escaped what could’ve been a deadly accident on July 12 in Wayzata. Vadner was to ride in the back of a car driven by Forest Lake residents Mr. and Mrs. John Elverum while participating in the Wayzata parade. The car stalled on the train tracks while waiting to enter the parade route. Vadner was pulled from the car by Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff John Hacking, who was volunteering as traffic coordinator on his day off, a split second before it was struck by a train. All escaped the accident with minor cuts. The 1969 Camero, loaned by Hennen Chevrolet in Forest Lake, was crushed by the train.


Harland Taurman, who owned Wagner’s Hamburger Shop in Forest Lake, sold the shop to Mr. and Mrs. Dave Arnold, originally from Stacy, but Forest Lake residents for two years. The business had been in the Taurman family for 36 years, dating back to 1933. Harland owned the shop for 10 years and was an employee of the business for 29 years.


Two teachers were hired for the Forest Lake school district. Marcia Russel was hired as a junior high school English teacher. Myron Foster was hired as a junior high school math teacher. 

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