DECEMBER 1 20 years ago (1995) Area resort owners, criticized by the governor, legislature and media for hosting state agency employee meetings, fired back today. Dutch Cragun said his facility often responds to state bid requests with prices lower than metro facilities. The governor had said meetings at resorts sounded like play. 30 years ago (1985) Dr. Paul Severson, a member of the third entering class of the UMD Medical School in 1974, returned to his alma mater last week - not as a student, but as a teacher.
NOVEMBER 30 20 years ago (1995) (Adv.)Heartland Symphony presents its "Holiday Celebration," Dec. 9, at Tornstrom Auditorium under the direction of Timm Rolek. Featuring guest soloist Mauren Wang. Music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Festival of carols sing-along. 30 years ago (1985) When four of your starters score in double digits you expect to win the basketball game - right? Wrong.
NOVEMBER 29 20 years ago (1995) The city council has accepted the parks and recreation department's recommendation to pursue a Mills Field lease with a Prairie League baseball team. Citizens can help pick the team name by mailing names to the Dispatch. Perhaps the Lakers, or Muskies - but certainly not the Bears. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Now Showing! At the Brainerd Twin see "Rambo" and Ghostbusters." At the Westgate see "Rocky IV," starring Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire.
NOVEMBER 27 20 years ago (1995) Sandy Smith of Brainerd was named No. 1 star of the game as his Minnesota Moose edged the Las Vegas Thunder 5-4 in an International Hockey League game at Target Center. Smith had two assists and a short-handed goal. Smith is Minnesota's second leading scorer. 30 years ago (1985) Warrior wrestling coach Bruce Thompson is relying on nine returnees to help Brainerd improve on last year's 9-7 season.
NOVEMBER 26 20 years ago (1995) (Adv.) Bottom Line Pricing! Premium Bananas - lb. 28 cents; Fresh Kiwi Fruit - 6 for $1.00; Fresh Baked Twin French Bread - 89 cents; Prego Spaghetti Sauce - 2 for $3.00; Choice Boneless Ribeye Steak - lb. $4.99. Lakes Area County Market - Brainerd and Baxter. 30 years ago (1985) Dependable people are said to go the "whole nine yards," while a select few go one more yard, doing more than their fair share.
NOVEMBER 25 20 years ago (1995) In his first stock car race in 1992, Justin Aylward of Brainerd won the outlaw class's heat, feature and trophy dash races at Aitkin Speedway. Three years later he is the 1995 Wissota Class champion at the Willmar track, and was 5th in the nation in Wissota Class points our of 400 racers. 30 years ago (1985) A short life of crime came to an abrupt end for two 16-year-old burglars who had already done 9 burglaries. Bertha Benson, caretaker of the Front Street Cafe, caught them breaking in and called her boss, Dave Pueringer.
NOVEMBER 24 20 years ago (1995) Entrepreneur, philanthropist, volunteer, sponsor, mentor, advocate. Nancy Cross of Community Action said those were the reasons Arnie Johnson, owner of Universal Pensions, has been named as Brainerd Citizen of the Year. "It's quite an honor," Johnson says. 30 years ago (1985) The onset of bone-chilling winter temperatures has not scared away potential participants for the first Brainerd-Baxter Community Winter Parade on Nov. 29.
NOVEMBER 23 20 years ago (1995) How do you measure improvement? Ask Dan Lind of Pequot Lakes, bowling in the Lucky 16 league at Brainerd Bowling Center. Lind rolled a 169 in his first game, 228 in the second and a perfect 300 in the third. It was the first perfect game this season at BBC. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Harvest Dining Specials! All complete dinners with salad, potato, vegetable and roll. Shrimp and Steak - $9.95; Seafood Casserole - $7.95; Shrimp Plate - $9.95; Filet Mignon - $9.95. All are served with complimentary glass of wine.
NOVEMBER 22 20 years ago (1995) Transit Special Services nearly hit the end of the road at Monday's council meeting. During a public hearing on Dial-A-Ride issues, council member Lucy Nesheim moved to cancel their contract, citing loss of ridership, rider dissatisfaction and dispatch problems. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote. 30 years ago (1985) The Brainerd area has entered the running for Minnesota's first out-state horse racing track with plans for a multi-million dollar facility near Pequot Lakes.
NOVEMBER 20 20 years ago (1995) Five Warrior girls are headed to "The Dance," also known as the state swimming and diving meet. Representing Brainerd will be diver Mindy Walker and members of the 200 freestyle relay team: Sarah Schmitz, Emily Hadland, Brenna Nibbe and Kate Winzenburg. 30 years ago (1985) Two Brainerd citizens received the city's Tower award last night. Mayor C. Elmer Anderson presented them to Dale Nathan for contributions to education, and to Marv Nutting for long service on the park board.