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This was Brainerd - Jan. 17


20 years ago (1991)

Ron Miles of Lake Shore stayed home from work this morning. He spent last night glued to the TV and said he didn't get much sleep. His son, Van Miles, is a corporal with the U. S. Marines, and arrived in the Persian Gulf Wednesday, just as the U. S. attacked Iraq.

30 years ago (1981)

The market value of agricultural products sold by the 622 farms in Crow Wing County amounted to $13.8 million in 1978, or an average of $22,198 each. This was up from $5.8 million in 1974. Crops earned $1.7 million, livestock $5.7 million and poultry $6.4 million.

40 years ago (1971)

Brainerd State Junior College registered about 650 students for the winter quarter of the 1970-71 school year to achieve an all-time record enrollment. College president John Chalberg said this represented a 22.6 percent increase over last winter quarter.

60 years ago (1951)

St. Cloud Tech thought they had done everything except zip the bag shut when they led Brainerd 54-51 with a minute to go. But, with six seconds left, Jim Smith hit a long shot, then intercepted a pass and set up Jim DeRosier's score with three seconds to go to win 55-54.

80 years ago (1931)

Flaming gasoline, ignited by a static spark caused by rubbing dresses together in the cleaning fluid, burned a Northeast Brainerd woman severely this morning. Fire Chief Frank Fuller warns the public it is always dangerous to use gasoline for dry-cleaning.

100 years ago (1911)

A statement received by the city council from the state board of control states that the city lock-up needs cleaning, whitewashing, new windows and better beds. In fact, a state agent said the best thing to do with it is condemn it . . . as it is not fit for use.

- Compiled by Terry McCollough