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JULY 31 20 years ago (1994) The name has changed, but don't expect an immediate overhaul at the former Brainerd Golf Club. Dave Mooty of Continental golf purchased the course from Skip Holm and renamed it Pine Meadows. Pro Mark Johnson and other staff will be retained. 30 years ago (1984) United Paper Worker Locals 79 and 164 at Brainerd's Potlatch paper mill will take a strike vote after nearly three months of negotiations failed to produce a new three-year contract.
JULY 29 20 years ago (1994) Two months ahead of schedule, the extension of Excelsior Road in Baxter to Jackson Street in Brainerd will open this weekend. WSN consulting firm cautioned drivers that there will still be workers there for a week or two. 30 years ago (1984) (Adv.) Welcome to Pauline's! Daily Lunch Specials: Burritos - our original - $3.75; Chicken Chow Mein with salad and roll - $3.95; Lasagna with salad and garlic toast - $3.95; Shrimp and Crab Sandwich with French Fries - $3.95.
JULY 28 20 years ago (1994) Why does the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport need a new runway? Because the FAA says the nearby landfill attracts birds, an aviation hazard. The local share to build a new runway would be $2 to 3 million. Cost to relocate the landfill is much higher. 30 years ago (1984) (Photo) Largest walleye weighed in at Marv Koep's Nisswa Bait this season or last is this 12-11 specimen caught by Lyle Kline of Nisswa.
JULY 27 20 years ago (1994) Morris Communications of Augusta, Georgia, will be the new parent company of the Brainerd Dispatch. Morris has signed an agreement to purchase all stock of Stauffer Communications of Topeka, Kansas, which has owned the Dispatch since March 1, 1984. 30 years ago (1984) Fluoridation, the subject of a 30-year losing battle in Brainerd, is back in the spotlight again.
JULY 25 20 years ago (1994) Nate Thiesse of Brainerd registered his third Wissota Super Stock feature win of the year at Viking Speedway in Alexandria. He started the 20-lap race in the fifth row but took the lead with two laps to go. Thiesse moved into a first-place tie for season points. 30 years ago (1984) John Riedl, Sr. is retiring as manager of the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport - a position he has held for the past 30 years.
JULY 24 20 years ago (1994) Sandy Smith still has aspirations of playing the the NHL. But for now, the 1986 Brainerd High School graduate is content to sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League. He retains an option to attend an NHL training camp. 30 years ago (1984) Minnesota Health Dept. officials have begun looking for a bacterium instead of a virus as the cause of severe, chronic diarrhea that has now affected 100 people in the Brainerd area.
JULY 22 20 years ago (1994) Don Samuelson, snubbed by the union organization he has been allied with, announced today that he was withdrawing from the race for the DFL nomination for governor. The veteran state senator said his campaign has had difficulty raising money. 30 years ago (1984) St. Francis Catholic School in Brainerd will have its first all-school reunion July 28-29 in conjunction with the school's 75th anniversary.
JULY 21 20 years ago (1994) It's hard to imagine what more Barb Grove could do for economic development on the Cuyuna Range. After 10 years of impressive job and economic diversity growth, Grove is resigning as exec. director of CREDI to devote more time to volunteering in Haiti. 30 years ago (1984) What to do with a 14-year-old Russian girl with no family, home or job - and no permission to be in the U.S.? That's the dilemma facing Sgt. Frank Ball of the sheriff's office, who got a call from the Minnesota Hockey Schools where the girl has been staying. 40 years ago (1974) John H.
JULY 20 20 years ago (1994) Sen. Don Samuelson of Brainerd filed as a DFL candidate for governor today and announced state Sen. Paula Hanson of Ham Lake was his running mate. "She represents a metro district, so there's a balance of metro and non-metro," Samuelson said. 30 years ago (1984) Claiming that action on its petition to recall five directors of the Crow Wing Coop Power and Light Co.
JULY 18 20 years ago (1994) A Nisswa couple and the government are at odds over custody of a crow and how the bird's fate will be decided. Don and Chris Geisler raised the crow from a chick and took it to a vet when the 8-week-old bird had a broken leg. There it was confiscated. 30 years ago (1984) Vandals destroyed the lifeguard stand at Whipple Beach, according to the county sheriff's office.