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The Daily Graphic, Nov. 5, 1968, said, "Other persons owning land surrounding the lagoon have suits pending against the city"!

We will end the lagoon story there, confidently feeling that come what may, our Portage Council is capable of coping with it.

Noting we are ahead of ourselves date-wise here, we will go back to 1964 and acquaint you with the more pleasant happenings of that time.

Work on the Tupper S1. overpass went ahead in leaps and bounds in 1964, after the con tract was awarded to Commonwealth Con­ struction Co. of S1. Boniface. The picture, shown, was taken in Septem­ ber of that year.

A brief account, of news items in 1964, is as follows:

A new river diversion route was proposed, and a plan for a by­ pass was announced; the Old Dutch Mill superstructure was com­ pleted at Island Park; Prairie Textile Manufacturing Co. took over Kaplan Industry; 1964 construction neared the $2 million mark; and our paper stated that the city water processing station had processed and pumped 60 million more gallons of water in 1963 than in 1962.

April, 1965, was the year Macdonald Air Base opened its doors to refugees from the flooded Roseau Indian Reserve.

In July, of the same year, Gordie Howe fans had the pleasure of meeting him when he visited Portage la Prairie. While here, he was presented with the 39th Honorary Citizens Certificate.

Toward the middle of October, W. D. Fallis, General Manager of Manitoba Hydro, and Mayor H. L. Henderson, on behalf of the city of Portage la Prairie, turned on the lighting at the new access road, at the east end of the city.

Firemen fought a miserable 16 hour battle, on a bitterly cold night in December, 1965, while the Bus Depot was burning. It was 'Impossible to save the building, and the loss was estimated at $50,000.00.

The Gordon Motor Inn was used as a depot un til a new one was built next to a new Safeway Store, where the Arena had been located.

The new Arena, on Tupper St. N., was officially opened on May 23, 1966. Everyone who knew Mr. James G. Dark, principle of Southport School, was happy when he was awarded the Silver Acorn for especially distinguished Scouting services. The award was an-

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