This was Brainerd — Dec. 1
20 years ago (1993)
Dumping garbage illegally in the county has Crow Wing County commissioners upset because the cleanup cost falls on to the backs of taxpayers. Two recent cleanups came to $1,700. But if the responsible party can be found, the cost will be levied on them.
30 years ago (1983)
John “Pete” Humphrey was caught unprepared with yesterday’s announcement that he was chosen as 1983 Citizen of the Year. Restricted in activity due to a respiratory problem, he simply smiled out the window from his recliner and reflected on his life.
40 years ago (1973)
Harold Gillespie, current administrator at Faribault State Hospital, has been appointed administrator at Brainerd State Hospital, starting January 1. He succeeds Harold Peterson, who is retiring, after Peterson ran the Brainerd facility since its inception in 1958.
60 years ago (1953)
Brainerd’s recently approved school building program got underway with the school board voting to make the addition to Franklin Junior High its first priority. It also approved a citizens committee of three to work with the board on construction.
80 years ago (1933)
Government agents and Detroit police searched the underworld for companions of Verne Miller, the desperado and former Brainerd resident who was found beaten to death in a roadside ditch. He was a trigger man in the Kansas City massacre, among many crimes.
100 years ago (1913)
The city council demonstrated last night that it stood in the first rank of the progressives, voting to put these items on the Jan. 4 ballot: Bond issue of $22,000 for a fill to replace the Northeast Brainerd bridge; bond $75,000 for a new city hall; build it at 5th and Laurel Streets.