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This was Brainerd- Feb. 20

20 years ago (1991)

Police Chief Ralph Hitchens will retire as soon as possible in what was described as an effort to restore harmony in the police department. The city council agreed to pay him $46,000 in salary, retirement funds and accumulated sick-leave to have him leave now.

30 years ago (1981)

Sure, it's only February. Yes, summer is a long way off. But unusually warm temperatures and scant moisture have already raised potential fire danger, said DNR forester Cliff Carlson. Since Jan. 1, fires have already burned 1,044 acres here.

40 years ago (1971)

(Photo) Politics is often the main subject of conversation when the Nolan family gathers. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nolan, Brainerd, pose here with daughter Mary Pat Wasson, a member of Gov. Wendell Anderson's staff, and son Rick, a state representative.

60 years ago (1951)

Mrs. Louis Rofidal, wife of the chief of police, hosted a noon luncheon for her son Bobby, on his seventh birthday. Following the presentation of gifts, the group attended the afternoon matinee at the theatre.

80 years ago (1931)

Who cares about Minnesota boxing? Brainerd has its basketball. There were more thrills in Crosby's Inland Steel Rangers 30-29 win over Brainerd's Russell Creamery than in the ring. Who cares about the score? We had floor thuds, rabbit punches and muffled swearing.

100 years ago (1911)

At the Iron Exchange building, White Bros. are rushing to complete the quarters for D. H. Clark & Co. When complete they will have the largest hardware and furniture store in the city, and the undertaking rooms will be in the rear.