APRIL 17 20 years ago (1995) The county sheriff hopes that physical information gathered as a result of an autopsy will help solve the mystery about the identity of a man who died of multiple gunshot wounds and was found near the Little Blackhoof Lake public access. Sheriff Dick Ross released a sketch of the victim. 30 years ago (1985) Bob Albertson stroked a bases-loaded double to move the Warriors to a 4-3 season-opening win over Staples.
APRIL 16 20 years ago (1995) Warrior three-sport athlete Justin Kieffer has accepted an appointment to attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he will play hockey and possibly football. Kieffer starred in football, and in hockey he was captain, MVP and All-CLC twice. 30 years ago (1985) If half a loaf is truly better than none, motorists who travel between Little Falls and Brainerd can take heart that two segments of four-lane passing areas will be built on Hwy 371 this summer.
APRIL 15 20 years ago (1995) When the county board voted Aug. 10, 1993, to enter a 10-year, $275,000 lease with agreement to purchase the old MnDOT building, Commissioners Koep and Wagner were in the minority of the 3-2 vote. Now, with new Commissioner Paul Thiede, they have a majority that are opposed to its use. 30 years ago (1985) The Brainerd Community College baseball team blasted four home runs and rallied twice in late innings to sweep a double-header from Itasca.
APRIL 14 20 years ago (1995) Luther College sophomore Turena Johnson of Brainerd has qualified for the NCAA Division III national track meet in the 10,000 meter run. Running the event for the first time at the Norse Relays, she set a school and meet record with a time of 36 minutes, 50.69 seconds. 30 years ago (1985) Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home, professional members of the Brainerd community for 50 years, will celebrate with a 50th anniversary public reception today.
APRIL 13 20 years ago (1995) Lee Edward Stegner, an architect who designed the Brainerd Post Office and three area banks, died at his Nisswa home at age 69. In 1955 he started the Stegner-Hendrickson-McNutt firm. He designed the St. Louis County Courthouse and was known for his many school designs. 30 years ago (1985) Crystal Savage has gone a long way since winning a state title three years ago on the uneven bars as a Warrior gymnast. She was just a freshman then, but now the 18-year-old senior at Sioux Falls, S.D.
APRIL 12 20 years ago (1995) Willy Severson, currently assistant principal at Washington Middle School, has been named the next principal at Franklin Junior High School. Severson began teaching here in 1974 and was girls' swim coach for nine years and boys' swim coach for 12 years. 30 years ago (1985) The Brainerd Sports Boosters and Warrior Athletic Department's annual All-Sports Banquet will take place in the high school gym on April 29th.
APRIL 10 20 years ago (1995) Gustavus Adolphus junior Sallie Park of Brainerd earned all-MIAC swimming honors as a member of two relay teams at the MIAC championships held at St. Catherines. Park swam the opening leg of both the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard free relay, with both being school records. 30 years ago (1985) Lorrie Anderson cracked three hits and pitched a four-hitter as Brainerd's softball team trounced Pierz 22-9 in its season opener.
APRIL 9 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) Coco Moon owners Rodney Opp and David Knudson sample a latte and bagels with Steve Foy of the Brainerd Chamber Ambassadors group. The coffee bar and gift shop that opened recently downtown also features live entertainment. 30 years ago (1985) Saying that "I'm not a crook," Baxter police officer Jim Fredstrom lashed out at city clerk Al Schmitz, claiming the clerk was "lying" about supposed discrepancies in his overtime logs.
APRIL 8 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) Bataan Death March survivors Russ Swearingen and Walt Straka, with the help of members of the 194th Tank Regiment, push the memorial M3A1 Stuart Tank back a few inches into position. They were preparing for the 53rd Bataan Memorial Ceremony. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) The good life doesn't come cheap. Minnesotans are paying income taxes that are among the highest in the nation - double the national average. (Only Delaware is higher.) Let's cut the personal income tax by 20 percent.
APRIL 7 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) Alpha Chapter 23, Order of the Eastern Star, collected 310 quarts of can pop-tops for donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. Dorothy Carlson and Bob Furrer pour their buckets of can tabs into a holding container at the Brainerd McDonalds. 30 years ago (1985) Dr. Kerry Beebe, Brainerd optometrist, was recently named as a member of the American Academy of Optometry. Membership requires clinical case reports and written and oral exams.