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Tue., May 2, 2006, 8:48 a.m.

SR Edit: Community Center Funding Long Time Coming

Mayor Sandi Bloem and others who spearheaded the successful drive to land the Kroc Center deserve their city's heartfelt thanks. Not only did they prepare a compelling application, raise $1.7 million in private funds, and jump through every hoop placed in front of them, but they did what previous community leaders have failed to do for more than 20 years – find funding for a new community center. Few capital projects have divided Coeur d'Alene more.

For the rest of my editorial about the Kroc Center funding, click here.

Question: Let's have a show of hands: How many remember the old community center at Seventh and Montana? Or, for you newercomers, how many recall the bitter 1999 battle over a proposed community center?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.