SEPTEMBER 4 20 years ago (1995) Bicycle thefts, shoplifting and car theft pushed three county cities into the top ten in Minnesota for serious crime. Brainerd ranked #4 behind Hilltop, Bemidji and Minneapolis, and was followed by Crosby #5 and Baxter at #7. 30 years ago (1985) John Bukovich, the chief and only member of Lake Shore's police department, always figured his town had a lively drug trade.
SEPTEMBER 3 20 years ago (1995) After more than 30 years as a court reporter, Clarence Taatjes decided he would rather be fishing or golfing than sitting in a courtroom. Taatjes, 58, retired last week as court reporter for 9th Judicial District Judge John Leitner. Known for his meticulous work, he has worked for four judges here. 30 years ago (1985) Miller Beer of Brainerd tied for 7th place in the Plains Area national softball tournament at Dickinson, ND. Randy Heidmann led the way, going 4 for 4 with two home runs against Davenport, and 4-4 with a two-run shot against Murr Plumbing.
SEPTEMBER 2 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) The Dispatch has donated jackets to members of the Baxter Bass Snatchers participating in the state tournament next weekend on the Whitefish Chain against 228 other state anglers. The Dispatch's Denny Newman designed the new logo for the club. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Sandwich Shoppe! Sunday Special - Ham dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, soup or salad and roll - $2.99. JR's Soda Fountain - 410 S.
SEPTEMBER 1 20 years ago (1995) The Northland Arboretum has reached its goal of raising $100,000 to purchase land in the park that was threatened with development. The 120-acre parcel owned by the Cal Fremling family was the last privately-owned piece of the arboretum and had many of the ski trails. 30 years ago (1985) Brainerd trampled the St. Francis Fighting Saints 28-8 to win their football season opener. Sandy Smith picked up where he left off last season, gaining 229 yards and scoring three TDs.
AUGUST 31 20 years ago (1995) As an ophthalmologist, it's only natural that Dr. John Weaver has a keen eye for discovery. Weaver grew up on Pelican Lake and loved flags that flew from the end of the dock, but not how they became wrapped around poles. So, he invented the Wind Dancer, a tangle-free flag pole. 30 years ago (1985) Mae's done it again. On the heels of her first cookbook, "Cooking with Love," Mae Kavanaugh has published a second collection of her favorite recipes - "Kavanaugh's Cookbook." Many sequels are disappointing.
AUGUST 30 20 years ago (1995) A simple OK sign from an election judge was the only sign of jubilation at Crosslake City Hall last night. Voters approved a $640,000 bond referendum to build a community center. Voters passed the measure with 423 in favor and 276 opposing the issue. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) The men of Company F, 156th Infantry, shared a laugh during a reunion at Cragun's Resort this week. The unit served in WWII as guards for Gen.
AUGUST 28 20 years ago (1995) Erick Thiesse of Brainerd recorded a clean sweep in the Street Stock division at North Central Speedway. With 10 laps remaining in the 12-lap feature, Thiesse built a dominating lead, then held on for the win. He dedicated the victory to his father, Fred. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) Woody Johnston of Lakes Area Asphalt took a break for lunch at the new parking lot north of the Brainerd High School.
AUGUST 27 20 years ago (1995) Perry Platisha and Bill Baker have pulled off a miracle. They will bring 10 members of the U.S. Olympic Hockey "Miracle on Ice" team to Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge for a fund raising golf tournament. Team coach Herb Brooks will speak at the banquet. 30 years ago (1985) Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. will give up his position as the nation's most powerful soldier on Sept. 30 to become Jack Vessey of Crow Wing County, a Minnesota walleye fisherman.
AUGUST 26 20 years ago (1995) As an avid fisherman, Paul Ruff has three of his office walls lined with mounted fish and other fishing memorabilia. But Ruff hasn't had much time for fishing in the past four months. He's the interim director of County Social Services, and went from managing five people to overseeing 110. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Pre-Labor Day Tire Sale! Duralon DS Premium Tires, starting at $26.95; Duralon DS Radial Tires, starting at $34.95; Road Runner All-Season Radials, starting as low as $28.45.
AUGUST 25 20 years ago (1995) Long-lost ain't a big enough word for it. If you've been separated from your sister for 61 years there should be a whole new word for it. Mable Gobel of Pequot Lakes tried for years to find Rosie. In the end it was Rosie, adopted at age 4, who located Mabel and four other siblings. 30 years ago (1985) Less than five years ago, Bob Engen smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. Today, he's training for the Ironman Triathalon in Hawaii on Oct. 20. For years, Engen has stayed in pretty good shape as a cross-country skier.