This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1990)
(Photo) An invisible beam of light from this $50,000 carbon dioxide laser machine can perform certain surgical procedures at St. Joseph's Medical Center. It cuts like a scalpel but with less bleeding and scarring.
30 years ago (1980)
Judge Robert Graff, originally the loser to William Hudson by 29 votes in the Nov. 3 election for county judge, now leads a recount of that election by 26 votes, according to the report of a three-member panel. The vote challenges must now face a court decision.
40 years ago (1970)
(Photo) Bill Fitzsimmons, police chief, is shown with his finger on the button to activate Brainerd's new Civil Defense warning system. Three of the sirens worked, but the downtown failed because of a faulty circuit board, which has been repaired.
60 years ago (1950)
A young couple died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the backseat of a car parked near Round Lake, north of Brainerd. Bodies of the teenagers were not discovered until this morning. Coroner, Dr. John Thabes, warns of the dangers posed by car heaters.
80 years ago (1930)
After months of preparation, a new ski slide near Little Horseshoe Lake, east of Lum Park, began to take form. Ten spans are complete, but four more are needed to make it 170 feet long and make ski jumps of 125 feet possible, according to Jacob Preston.
100 years ago (1910)
In an interview with James Quinn, a deputy operating under agent Pussyfoot Johnson, he stated 43 saloons were closed in Indian country, from Bemidji north to Big Falls. Nothing definite is known about Brainerd; many think it will be the last to be closed.