The warm weather has returned, and summer is just around the corner. Back in the early 1960s, when air conditioning was not common in these parts, people yearned for a refreshing dip in a clean, well-maintained swimming pool. Moms wrote letters to the editor, kids carried petitions, and finally community clubs got behind it, and the push was on for a clean, modern, public swimming facility to take the place of the Lake of the Woods.

The campaign was not easy or smooth, but in July of 1963—55 years ago—Bremen’s public swimming pool opened throngs of kids and adults alike. July 4 was the official opening, but Dick Kares (who helped raise money for it thru the Teen Hop) says he and friends sneaked over the fence to become the first swimmers.

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1966 - Public Pool - 1966 Jul