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This was Brainerd- Feb. 9

20 years ago (1991)

If “ultra-athlete” is a word, then Bob Engen fits its definition. He's completed the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon, two 210-mile Iditaski cross country ski races in Alaska and last year the 4-day, 500-mile Border-to-Border Triathlon across Minnesota.

30 years ago (1981)

Brainerd's Golden Gloves boxing team closed out its regular season on a highly successful note on an action-filled card at the Brainerd Armory. Against boxers from Hibbing and St. Cloud, they lost only two bouts while winning the other 11.

40 years ago (1971)

If there is a Brainerd roof which has retained all the snow that has fallen this year, it now has a weight of 21.25 pound per square foot. Though roofs are designed to handle 40 pounds per foot, it might still be a good idea to shovel them off at this time.

60 years ago (1951)

Fire, which roared through the kitchen at Cave's Restaurant, 219 S. 6th Street, started at the kitchen range and spread through the ventilation system. Cars and trucks parked in the alley hampered efforts to get a fire truck into position to fight the blaze.

80 years ago (1931)

A delegation from Cross Lake appeared before the county board of commissioners to ask the construction of a concrete bridge, 100 feet in length, to be built 800 feet south of the government dam. County Highway Engineer Murphy estimated the cost at $10,000.

100 years ago (1911)

Application has been made to the Deerwood council by L. W. Wilson, of International Falls, to run a passenger ferry on Serpent Lake between Crosby and Deerwood. He would establish and maintain a dock or wharf at Deerwood.