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This was Brainerd — Feb. 16

20 years ago (1991)

Warrior senior Heather MacIver took third place in the state cross country meet, leading the Brainerd girls' team to a third place finish. The team was rated 7th and MacIver 9th in the last coaches' poll. MacIver placed fourth last year at the state meet.

30 years ago (1981)

Vandals ripped through Franklin Junior High School, smashing windows and furniture, tipping over bookshelves and strewing paint and food over floors and walls. Principal Harvey Shew called it “the worst I've ever seen.” Damage is estimated at $20,000.

40 years ago (1971)

(Photo) Brainerd city crews were taking advantage of warmer weather to cut snow from alleys and streets. This year extremely cold weather followed every snowfall and glued the packed snow to alleys, streets and sidewalks.  

60 years ago (1951)

Stephen Quinn, 92, died this morning in Little Falls. He lived in Brainerd for 57 years, during which time he was chief of police for six years beginning about 1915. He also worked at the NP Railroad shops, the Northwest Paper Mill and in the mines.

80 years ago (1931)

Frank Russell, chairman of the tourist committee, proposed that the Chamber of Commerce purchase 35,000 maps in folded size of 4 x 9 inches to distribute in 1931, plus have printed an additional 25,000 not to be delivered until 1932 to save on costs.

100 years ago (1911)

Miss Olive Vail, the prima donna of “Miss Nobody from Starland,” and a sizable company of players arrived here from Fargo where they played to large audiences. Miss Vail hopes for a large house when the show commences at the opera house.