The Seventies

There was another dog ordinance in 1970.  That year, hourly wages for adults working for the city went up from $1.50 to $1.75.  Monthly wages ranged from $375-$550.  A snowmobile ordinance was passed in 1971.  A fire at the dump ground near the airport spread and burned a field of alfalfa.  The city began to discuss a sanitary landfill to replace the dump ground.

A grass green golf course was proposed in 1973.

Construction of low-rent housing for the elderly was approved.

The city bought the old building once used as a light plant, later as a turkey processing plant, and still later as a warehouse by Hildre Implement.  It was razed and Burrell Avenue extended across the tracks.  The building was built astraddle the roadway.

In 1975 the city proceeded with a 1.2 million dollar street project that involved excavating and paving streets and installing curb and gutter.

A request to move the Opheim log cabin from the courthouse lawn to another site was rejected.

In 1976 the city joined in the celebration of the nation's bicentennial.  That same year a group of interested persons proposed the construction of a shopping mall.  The project was later dropped.

In 1978, residents of the city voted to approve a bond issue to pay for repairs on the new swimming pool.

The next year the city received a request from Agra-Sun, a company dealing in sunflowers, for development of a new addition south of Highway 200.  The city granted Sheyenne Valley Electric Coop a limited franchise for providing service for that new development.

Wil-Rich Manufacturing opened a branch in Cooperstown in the building that had formerly housed the Reiten and Melroe factories.

City employees' salaries ranged from $825 to $1,175 a month, with hourly wages at $2.90-$3.10.

Source: Cooperstown, North Dakota 1882-1982 Centennial page 34

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