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PK June 20, 2012 at 07:17 pm
For my family, this weekend event has always been about our bringing our hometown community andRead More friends and family together to celebrate each other and our "friendly" City. It saddens me to hear some people are complaining that things are not measuring up to their expectations considering all the effort that volunteers contribute to make the annual 49er Days happen. I feel we are also very lucky to have the luxury of the Midway at the State Fair, ValleyFair, and even Nickelodeon Universe to be able to enjoy rides year round. It sounds like there are some fun new alternative inflatables and games this year, and hoping that people check it out before they make commentary on what is perceived to be lacking by not having a costly metal carnival at 49er Days. There is also opportunity for viewing many amazing fireworks displays throughout the summer in closely surrounding metro areas, so just really not feeling we are being terribly put out. The Calendar of Events is still noteworthy, especially for a local celebration with a limited budget. I commend the Parks and Rec Dept. for another awesome affordable family friendly event they have planned, and thank them for all the hard work that they and volunteers do to raise money and all the help during 49er Days. I hope anyone who has ever enjoyed this event will express your appreciation too!
LJ June 21, 2012 at 06:23 pm
I thought is was crazy having the festival at the same time as the Columbia Heights carnival thisRead More year. Why even bother? Here's an idea..why not just have the parade and fireworks at the park. Then invite some of the food trucks that are in Mpls during the lunch hour to sell food before the fireworks. I think it would be a treat for folks who don't get a chance try some various foods that are made by the truck vendors. They are in the papers all the time. The city would just have to pay for fireworks!
HEO June 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm
This year's 49er's day is a true representation of the overall city. The only ideas for developmentRead More are senior housing and low-income/homeless shelters. More children from other cities are attending our schools than residential children and more than 50% of Fridley children are attending schools elsewhere like families will be doing this year for their family entertainment. For those stating we have limited space, why not use the vacant lots owned by the city along University or the abundance of vacant parking lots where businesses have left. As far as donations, there should be a year long effort of collecting donations such as donation boxes at local businesses for community events or if allowed pull tabs at local bars or liquor stores. it seems the only times Fridley is making the news is for negative issues (train derailment, sewer leakage and high cancer rate) and soon we will be called failing Fridley. We need to work to improve that image and it starts with the little things like 49er Days, which brings the community together.
DOLLY MCPHILLIPS May 24, 2012 at 04:00 pm
WHERE IS THIS PLAYED? IS IT PRIVATE? DOES THE PUBLIC GO TO THIS?
Chris Steller May 24, 2012 at 04:42 pm
Dolly, I believe the Fridley wiffle ball games were in a backyard along Rice Creek. I'm not sure theRead More exact address or block. The actual tournament in June is at a public park in Hopkins.
AKA May 9, 2012 at 08:49 pm
Does senator Goodwin not realize that, as a top-tier market, Los Angeles would likely have littleRead More problem securing sufficient private financing and that there is already a usable facility available for a team to play in during construction of a new one there? Certainly good points raised, but if you're going to call the organization's bluff, you'd better have your information straight.
AKA May 9, 2012 at 09:06 pm
I can't answer why the Vikings are not willing to reconsider the details of the stadium itself.Read More However, history will show that the Vikings have been patient - over a decade they've been told to wait their turn. If the legislature asks for one more year, what credibility does that hold, given what's taken place in the past? After all the movement toward a vote, even during the final debates, amendments were raised to basically start the whole process over. So, when asked if things are up for discussion in terms of the stadium itself, I can certainly understand the organizations desire to accept the current proposal and move forward. In terms of extravagance, the state had more than a few opportunities to build a very basic stadium and pushed off the discussion or refused to be involved in the building of an open air stadium, because they wanted something "all-purpose", To pin the state of things today on the Vikings solely is ignoring history - the legislature's resistance to address this head-on has put them in a position to a) negotiate as an adversary not a partner which leads to b) ending up with worse terms in the end, for all the effort to resist working something out. And, if people decide that they can't partner with the team, that's fine, but if that was the case, we needn't have drawn this out for so long. State the case and let them move on (and accept the effects), in that event.
PK April 3, 2012 at 11:35 am
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George Linngren April 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm
How are all these hours of research funded? is Erin Brockovich doing this pro bono?
Vicky Paulson April 7, 2012 at 09:21 pm
I lived in Fridley from 1955 to 1964 and we lived along the Mississippi on 6526 East River Road andRead More Mississippi Street. As a group of kids that played down by the river we witnessed many things that were dumped in the river and buried on lands. Back then there was alot of farming (use of land chemicals) and the use of Deet to kill insects was sprayed up and down the road in a fog. Our Uncle that worked for a large company near us used to bury barrels of chemicals in the grounds around Fridley. We were only children back then but many adults didn't live long. My friend next door Mother died of cancer at 34yrs. and my Mother died of cancer at 56yrs. Many of the neighbors around us died of cancer as well. I pray this information will help.
Solita Reum November 24, 2012 at 05:56 pm
Me and my family have lived in Fridley since 1997. Everything has always appeared to be prettyRead More good. My son came down with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (blood cancer) in 2008 at age 19. We have no history of cancer in our family. Thank you Erin Brockovich and your entire team for looking into this for us all in the Fridley community! I have since had a complete Culligan water filter system installed at our house. Blessings to all who have lost relatives to cancer!!!
Steven Jay Grant May 16, 2013 at 04:18 am
Gary, Hello! Your old nieghbor Steve, have you looked at the Fridley Cancer Cluster group yet!
glenn mcgregor May 22, 2013 at 12:58 am
My dad has prostate cancer we lived on hickory dr in the 60s and early seventies. Glenn mcgregor isRead More my name
Tinker Blood April 28, 2014 at 08:27 am
I grew up on 5th Street in Fridley and I graduated in 1986 from Fridley high School one of my bestRead More friends Anne Ardito passed away with colon cancer and I am a cancer survivor X2. I had breast and uterus cancer. I also lived in NE minneapoiis when i was a little kid then moved to Fridley, We did alot of swimming in this area!
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