This Was Brainerd - March 14
20 years ago (1998)
Just ask firefighter Aaron Johnson if he'd enter a fire without wearing his bulky equipment. During a Baxter house fire that took the life of a youngster, Johnson fell through a floor into the basement, hitting his head on the floor and smashing his helmet. He said he'd have died without it.
30 years ago (1988)
Fires were no respecter of education. Several broke out across the region while firefighters attended a fire school at Cragun's Resort. One broke out on Whitefish Lake and, while that burned, another popped up on Rush Lake. Other fires occurred in Pine River and Garrison.
40 years ago (1978)
Arctic Enterprises of Thief River Falls has purchased Scorpion, Inc., of Crosby. The Scorpion plant will continue to produce Scorpion snowmobiles. Harvey Paulson, president of Scorpion, said the added financial strength of Arctic will enable continued Scorpion development.
60 years ago (1958)
In light of his play for the entire season, the Warriors' diminutive guard Jimmy Brown has been named to WCCO-Radio's All-State Team of the Year. Brown, standing 5-8, but with a tremendous vertical jump, averaged 16 points per game.
80 years ago (1938)
Investigation of recent burglaries at the Palace and Paramount Theatres revealed they were the work of two of the boys who stole $157 from a locker room at Franklin Junior High School about two months ago. The boys stole cash and a movie machine from the theaters.
100 years ago (1918)
Outing, in northern Crow Wing County, is the first state community to report no aliens among its residents. In sending its registration forms to the state auditor, J.F. Waldorf says, "You will note we have no aliens, but we do have two residents that should be sent to the Germans, or to hell."