JUNE 26 20 years ago (1996) (Photo) Aurora Benson is given a peony by friend and guardian Stella Middleton at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. She was a longtime farm resident of St. Mathias and organist at the church there. She will be given a party for her 102nd birthday on June 28. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 24 20 years ago (1996) Brainerd shortstop Jade O'Brien was named outstanding performer in the state Lions High School All-Star Baseball Tourney. Playing for the North team, O'Brien went 7-for-9 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored. He was given a $250 scholarship. 30 years ago (1986) (Photo) DNR non-game specialist Pam Perry holds a baby loon that Shari Brown, registered nurse at St. Joseph's Medical Center, picked up on her way to work. It was wandering on Hwy 371. The DNR will try to reunite the loon with its parents.
JUNE 16 20 years ago (1996) The 1996 edition of the Warrior baseball team overcame huge odds to return to the state championship game against Cretin-Derham Hall. They lost seven starters, two top pitchers and the designated hitter from 1995, but still made it to the finals, losing to Cretin 6-4. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 23 20 years ago (1996) The Rosenmeier Center at Central Lakes College celebrates its third season with a guest list that includes the Minnesota secretary of state and a St. Paul mayor. "Attendance has been building steadily," said director Lew Hudson, "and we're happy for that." 30 years ago (1986) (Photo) Jon Haapajoki of Eddie's connects on a pitch thrown by Ollie Hanson of First Bank while catcher Bob Kinzel watches. Eddie's won the Over 35 Softball Tournament with a 25-17 victory over the Moose. Jeff's Bar was third.
JUNE 22 20 years ago (1996) A proposed amendment to its lakeshore setback ordinance created waves in Lake Shore. The city is proposing adopting a string-line test which would allow new homes to be placed closer to the water if neighboring homes are inside the normal setback area. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 21 20 years ago (1996) One day you're done, the next day you're being revived, and the next day you're history. That's how the Brainerd Bobcats minor league baseball team felt. The team thought it was rescued when a California group said they'd buy the franchise, but then backed out. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 20 20 years ago (1996) Baxter Mayor Jon Main says he will not seek reelection. "I have personal goals I want to achieve and I'm running short of time," Main said. He has served as mayor for 10 years and served on the council in 1977. He wants to spend more time with family. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 19 20 years ago (1996) Not even water is free. The recent dry weather resulted in Brainerd opening the water interconnection line and sending water to Baxter, which will be billed for it. To deal with the water shortage, Baxter has imposed an odd-even day watering ban in the city. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 17 20 years ago (1996) Kingwood Court Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd will close within the next two years, a move that will affect 72 employees and 66 residents. A spokeswoman said current beds at Woodland Acres and Pine River, plus an addition to the Bethany facility, should accommodate their needs. 30 years ago (1986)
JUNE 15 20 years ago (1996) The Whiting family of Nisswa, owners of Nisswa State Bank and one in Iowa, have signed an agreement to purchase Brainerd National Bank. Brothers Jim and Craig Whiting say they will continue Brainerd National as a community bank with local ownership and board. 30 years ago (1986) Henry Ordmann may be 69-years-old but says his "pins are still good." That's why he's dedicating his annual golfing marathon at Mille Lacs Country Club to raising funds for muscular dystrophy. He'll try to break his 1985 record of 231 holes in one day.