Goodbye Junior High

Robbinsdale renewed Arbor Day ceremonies in April. Mayor Harvey Lange presided as a beautiful greenspire linden was planted at the Civic Center. The band played and school groups attended while oldsters stood around remembering younger days and were delighted to have a chance to again “shovel in some dirt.” This has become an annual event…

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Hello Historical Society

1978 Some citizens did not believe governmental assistance should be used for the redevelopment of the deteriorating business sector. The price of the land, with a building on it, was too high for private redevelopment and many businesses had moved out of town as there was no room for expansion. These citizens challenged the Housing…

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The Home of Howard Lumber

1977 Mrs. Alma K. Howard, civic leader and president of Howard Lumber Company died, January 21, at age 91. Her home, built about 1915, at 4100 Quail Avenue, was in many details typical of the Prairie School of Architecture, as first sketched by Frank Lloyd Wright. Her husband, Thomas, was president of the First Robbinsdale…

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Robbins Landing

1976 On January 30, ground was broken for the Senior Citizen Building, “Robbins Landing.” William Radloff, the senior citizen who lobbied for the building, was Master of Ceremonies. Bonney Scott, a granddaughter of Andrew B. Robbins, was a guest. Robbins had built a home for his daughter, Amy Robbins Ware, on that site facing Crystal…

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Losing the Library

1975 The Henepin County Library Board decided the best days of the Robbinsdale Community Library were over and recommended that the building close after 70 years of service.  In 1973, Hennepin County had built a large, regional library called the Rockford Road Library, and could no longer support this historical, first library in suburban Hennepin…

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