MARCH 30 20 years ago (1995) Ousted county employees Sig Stier and Gerald Jacobs allege that the county board's elimination of their personnel coordinator and risk manager positions was a political favor for former County Attorney Jack Graham. Graham says that's incorrect. An administrative law judge will decide. 30 years ago (1985) In a dramatic show of political muscle, The Co-op Consumers Action Group carried the day Saturday, as all three of its candidates ousted incumbents to win posts on the Crow Wing Co-op Power & Light Co. board.
MARCH 29 20 years ago (1995) In-Fisherman, Inc., plans to pull up anchor and troll across town. The Baxter-based, multi-media company is located on Hwy 371 North. The firm has applied for a zoning variance to build just west of the Brainerd waste water treatment plant along the Mississippi River on County 48. 30 years ago (1985) Litigation sparked by a 1980 strike at Larco Manufacturing in Brainerd officially ended March 26 as the plant's former union agreed to drop charges of unfair labor practices in return for a $30,000 cash payment.
MARCH 27 20 years ago (1995) After escaping from the county jail, an inmate turned himself in about seven hours later. The 29-year-old from Crosby took a metal box from a common area and used it to break a 1.5-foot hole through a thick glass block wall and drop 6 feet to the ground. 30 years ago (1985) The BN Railroad will pay government agencies $117,000 in penalties and reimbursements for the costs of investigating the hazardous waste site at the railroad's Baxter tie-treating plant.
MARCH 26 20 years ago (1995) Lake Region Christian School is hidden among tall pine trees in Baxter. But the Hornets stood out in basketball, winning the Minn. Assn. of Christian Schools state tournament, rallying for a 56-44 win over Chisago Lakes. They finished 16-0 for the season. 30 years ago (1985) Mike Bialka assumed the position of Dispatch sports editor yesterday, replacing Jim Wallace, who retired after 34 years. Bialka, 29, a Brainerd High School grad, has been with the Dispatch for six years.
MARCH 25 20 years ago (1995) The Brainerd Bears baseball team announced the promotion of Bryan Clutterbuck to manager of the second-year North Central League team, replacing Mitch Zwolensky. Clutterbuck was the Bears pitching coach and top pitcher last season, going 7-3 with a 2.09 ERA. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) It's the end of an era as a Brainerd landmark closed its doors this month when Leonard "Snack" Strobel put The Diner up for sale. Strobel worked at the restaurant since 1941, and has owned it since 1953.
MARCH 24 20 years ago (1995) Less than a half-dozen small colleges have been recruiting Staples-Motley forward Blaine Joerger during the boys' state basketball tournament. That should change as the Cardinals beat Lakeville to move to the semifinals, with Joerger scoring 31 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. 30 years ago (1985) A radical new "incision-free" surgical procedure took place for the first time two weeks ago at St. Joseph's Medical Center. The procedure, which allows injections into damaged discs in the spine, was brought here from Chicago by Dr.
MARCH 23 20 years ago (1995) Katie Carlson, daughter of Martin and Nancy Carlson of Brainerd, and a 1994 Brainerd High School grad, has been selected as one of two Minnesota Advanced Placement State Scholars. Stu Lade, AP coordinator at BHS, notes this is the third time Brainerd has had the top female AP scholar in the state. 30 years ago (1985) "As I write the final chapter of the Gopher Grapevine, I have to wonder how nearly 34 years as sports editor of the Dispatch could have slipped by so rapidly.
MARCH 22 20 years ago (1995) The name will change but the community-based philosophy will stay the same, said Andy Anderson, president of International Bancorporation, a Minnesota company. They are buying American National Bank in south Brainerd and its two branches, according to Tom Johnson, its president. 30 years ago (1985) Jenny Gross, Brainerd, who won the Brainerd school district spelling bee earlier, went on to win the North Central Regional Spelling Bee in Bemidji.
MARCH 20 20 years ago (1995) Senior defenseman Justin Kieffer has been chosen MVP of the Warrior hockey team. Kieffer, who led Brainerd with 21 goals and 44 points, has been selected to play in the Maroon & Gold Series and in the East/West Challenge.
MARCH 19 20 years ago (1995) Staples-Motley forward Blaine Joerger stood on top of a court side table and waved his index finger at the emotionally spent Cardinal fans. They had just knocked off No.1 ranked Morris 56-46 to gain a trip to the state Class A boys' basketball tournament. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) A huge concrete slab was hoisted over construction workers at the Washington Street bridge project as warm weather speeded up progress at the site.