JANUARY 18 20 years ago (1997) Last night Gov. Arne Carlson closed all Minnesota schools for today because of brutal cold weather with wind chills more than 70 below zero. Travel agents reported brisk business of people booking trips to the south - anywhere south that looks warmer. 30 years ago (1987) At the urging of Solid Waste Officer Carter Kuehn, the county board directed him to explore state-of-the-art landfilling or high-tech composting as the future for waste disposal here. Incineration and pelletizing were set aside as options for the moment.
JANUARY 17 20 years ago (1997) The city of Baxter has to make a decision: leave Hwy 210 as is, or upgrade it all to 4-lane with frontage roads. The pavement is 44-years-old, rough and in poor condition. Plus, traffic volumes are too high and accidents are double the statewide average. 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 16 20 years ago (1997) The star bed maker for the stars still resides in Crosslake. Jeff Kreitz, of Creative Steel Works, has designed custom steel beds for stars like Paula Abdul and Robin Leech. Add to the list the CEO of Liz Claiborne, the director of NBC News and a TV writer for "NYPD Blue." 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 15 20 years ago (1997) Some folks must believe the city is holding a pot of gold. The city received a $14,000 bill from BN Santa Fe Railroad for lease of land where the chamber office and water tower sit. Another, for $30,000, came from Sheriff Dick Ross for compilation of crime reports. 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 13 20 years ago (1997) (Photo) Asplundh employees shove an old Christmas tree into a shredder as part of a recycling project in the Target parking lot. They were joined by Minn. Power employees in turning trees into chips that will later be spread on trails at the Northland Arboretum. 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 12 20 years ago (1997) There's been rumbling of a different kind at Camp Ripley. A Minneapolis law firm is asking people affected by Camp Ripley noise to step forward and join a fight against noise. Several local men have started a petition saying there's no reason to stop training noise from Ripley. 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 11 20 years ago (1997) In 1996, folks in the county treasurer's office spent a lot of time at the copy machine. They made 1,414 copies of birth certificates, 152 of marriage licenses, 465 new marriage licenses and 549 passport applications. "I've never seen so many people traveling," said treasurer Laureen Borden. 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 10 20 years ago (1997) Once that snow falls, where does it go? Brainerd city engineer Jeff Hulsether said downtown snow is hauled to three sites: a storm pond on SW 6th St., city property in the industrial park and land across from the cemetery. Despite heavy snowfall, there's still plenty of room, he says. 30 years ago (1987)
JANUARY 9 20 years ago (1997) The Warrior boys' swim team had a solid win in the 200 medley relay and never looked back, beating Fergus Falls 135-51. Coach Dave Herath said "Fergus is a traditional power, but we just outswam them tonight." Mark Lykins and Sam Esser each won two events for Brainerd. 30 years ago (1987) (Photo) Moose Lodge Gov. Bob Loss and library assistant Sue Hardy look over the new encyclopedias at the Brainerd Public Library. The Moose Lodge recently donated a complete set of Encyclopedia Americana, valued at $780.
JANUARY 5 20 years ago (1997) Many students got an extra two hours tacked on to their Christmas vacations as area schools started late due to a powerful winter storm Saturday into Sunday. Brainerd was clogged with 21 inches of snow, Aitkin had 18 inches and Pequot Lakes 23 inches of the white stuff. 30 years ago (1987)