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20 years ago (1990)

Winter messed around so long that comparatively balmy conditions - mild temperatures and little snow persisted through November and most of December. But Friday - the first day of winter - they fell through the floor, with temperatures falling to 30 below.

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30 years ago (1980)

Two men and a dog escaped by crawling through truck windows Sunday after their pickup truck went through the ice on Whitefish Lake. The truck went through the ice on the channel between Whitefish and Hay Lakes, sheriff's deputies said.

40 years ago (1970)

The operation of snowmobiles within the city limits and trains which block rail crossings are of strong concern to some Brainerd residents. Mayor George Bedard received one letter complaining one of one crossing being blocked for a full 30 minutes last week.

60 years ago (1950)

Departure for the 47th "Viking" Infantry Division is set for Jan. 20 according to the chief of staff. The division includes Brainerd's 194th Tank battalion. Troops will report on the 16th and advance elements will leave for Camp Rucker, Alabama, on the 20th.

80 years ago (1930)

Harry Greenberg, manager of the Paramount Theatre, announced their new price policy effective Christmas Day. Prices for matinees will be 10 cents and 25 cents, and 10 cents and 40 cents evenings. Prices for children 12 and under will remain at 10 cents.

100 years ago (1910)

Olaf Reis, light weight champion of North Dakota, met and defeated the Big Finn, Ed Alho, a welter weight wrestler. Reis took two out of three falls in some fast and clever wrestling at Moilenan's Hall. He has issued a challenge to anyone in the light weights.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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