Bits & Pieces of News from Blaine

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 1:56pm.

This week we’re offering a roundup of some various news items from Blaine. Read on to be kept up-to-date.

Blaine’s New Athletic Complex

Building began a couple of weeks ago on Blaine’s new 38-acre city park. The build is in response to the demands of the city’s growing population, according to Jerome Krieger, program supervisor for Blaine's Parks and Recreation Department.

The new athletic complex, 4286 121st Ave. N.E., will hold four multipurpose fields, two baseball fields, two tennis courts, a basketball court, four pickleball courts, a picnic area, playground and a building for concessions and for Blaine-ites to hold community meetings.

In the winter, the parking lot will be transformed into a skating rink. Expect completion by November of this year.

Dumpster Puppy Update

Phoenix the puppy became a local celeb when he was found on fire in a garbage bin near Red Lake Indian Reservation and brought to the BluePearl vets, here in Blaine. With burns on about a third of his little body, he was in pretty sad shape, and a lot of pain, when he finally arrived.

He’s undergone two skin grafts, according to the doctors treating him, and may need additional surgeries, but overall he is doing great. Only 6-months old, Phoenix sports a red track suit to keep him from licking or scratching his burns.

ACT V Rescue and Rehabilitation is taking on the cost of the pup’s care. If you’d like to help, please visit the non-profit’s donation page.

Velodrome Stays Put

Blaine’s velodrome, located at the National Sports Center, was slated to close due to a lack of funds to repair the aging facility but thanks to a group of cycling enthusiasts, it will remain open for at least the next five years.

Friends of Velodrome Racing raised donations nationwide over the past year, finally accumulating more than the necessary $100,000 required for repairs. The rest of the funds will be set aside for ongoing maintenance costs.

This one will make your Scalp Itch

So, what do you do when you get that call from your child’s school telling you that she or he has head lice? PANIC mode, right? If you’re like most parents you’ll try the usual home remedies (that don’t work) like baby or olive oil or an over-the-counter shampoo that likewise probably won’t work.

Blaine moms and dads don’t have to fool with any of that, thanks to Sugar & Spice & No More Lice, a new professional head lice removal clinic located right here in our city.

Founded by two graduates of the University of Minnesota Dental School, they learned their chemical-free removal method from the CEO of the Shepherd Institute for Lice Solutions.

Check out their website for more information on their services. You’ll also find a list of Lice Facts, some of which may surprise you. For instance, did you know that as many as half of folks with head lice never itch? Then, of those that do, they won’t itch for the first two weeks of an infestation. Imagine carrying those little critters around in your hair for two weeks before knowing you have them. Yikes!

See you next week!



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