DECEMBER 19 20 years ago (1994) (Adv.) Home Cooked Meals! Monday: Baked Meat Loaf, Tuesday: Turkey Dinner, Wednesday: Pork Chops, Thursday: Salisbury Steak. All with salad bar. Adults - $6.95. Seniors - $5.45. Holiday Inn - Hwy 371 South. 30 years ago (1984) After extensive haggling, county commissioners voted to give themselves a $1,000 pay increase over the next two years. An original proposal suggested an increase of $1,750.
DECEMBER 18 20 years ago (1994) Marvin Nicolai will assume the position of general manager of Consolidated Telephone Co on Jan. 1. He has been operating manager of Northland Communications, a CTC subsidiary, for six years. Before that he spent 28 years with First Bank Systems. 30 years ago (1984) The Brainerd Golf and Country Club has been sold to Richard and Marian Kampa of Norwood. Previous owners was a group composed of Dick Breen, Clint Nelson, Kevin Close, Rod Converse, Dale Johnson, Lee Mitchell and Lonnie Liebel. 40 years ago (1974) (Adv.) Lutefisk - Served Daily!
DECEMBER 17 20 years ago (1994) Don Dravis, Staples-Motley wrestling coach, brought his team to Brainerd's Paul Bunyan Tournament for the last time as he will retire after 32 years. He marked up 393 victories, 22 conference titles, 19 section titles and seven Class A state titles, plus coaching 13 individual state champs. 30 years ago (1984) First-place finishes in four events sparked the Warrior boys' swim team to first place in the Prowler Relays at Thief River Falls, despite disqualification of its 200-yard medley relay team.
DECEMBER 16 20 years ago (1994) St. Cloud Tech swim coach Mike Chopp said, "We got an old fashioned thumping," after the Warriors defeated his Tech team 108-78. Brainerd coach Dan Herath said, "Last year we went to Tech and they stomped us 113-73. Our guys remember those things." 30 years ago (1984) Frustration continued for the Brainerd Community College women's basketball team as they lost the championship game of their Christmas Classic, 61-43 to Austin.
DECEMBER 15 20 years ago (1994) Bill Van Essen, 74, Brainerd's Citizen of the Year in 1992, has died. Known for his endless community service, he was the patriarch of Van's Cafe in Brainerd for many years, retiring in 1976. He was in the first graduating class from Brainerd Junior College in 1940 and was a carrier pilot in WWII. 30 years ago (1984) Staples won its 11th straight Paul Bunyan Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Brainerd, with Coach Don Dravis' team taking five individual titles.
DECEMBER 14 20 years ago (1994) Kristi Nerby used to compete against the Warrior gymnastics team, so the first-year Moorhead coach knew what to expect. But, with several of her top gymnasts missing, it was Brainerd coasting to a 135.25 to 121.65 win. Molly Brown led the way for Brainerd. 30 years ago (1984) (Photo) The Brainerd Water & Light Board approved a 5 percent across-the-board cut in electric rates this morning, giving city residents a surprise Christmas gift.
DECEMBER 12 20 years ago (1994) Carl Zapffe, known as a historian of the Brainerd lakes area, died at his home in Baltimore at age 82. A renowned scientist, Zappfe was active in Boy Scouts, Brainerd Rotary and was a prolific author. At one point he was considered the leading expert on stainless steel and other aspects of metallurgy. 30 years ago (1984) When is a fence not a fence? That question came before the county board when zoning commissioner Otto Schalow told of a Wise Lake man who asked for a fence permit.
DECEMBER 11 20 years ago (1994) The Warrior wrestling team ended a 15-meet losing streak stretching back 21 years against Staples-Motley with a 27-25 victory in the S-M Dual Meet Invitational. Brainerd heavyweight Mike Maske pinned Paul Detloff in 3:34 to seal the big win. 30 years ago (1984) Lyle Arends, Crosslake's newly appointed mayor, presided over his first council meeting Monday night. Arends, an eight-year veteran of the Crosslake council will serve until a permanent replacement is named Jan. 3 to replace former mayor Fred Bieber, who died Nov.
DECEMBER 10 20 years ago (1994) (Adv.) Holiday Seafood Sale! Jumbo Sea Scallops - lb. 7.99; Alaskan Halibut Steaks - lb. 4.99; North Atlantic Cod Fillets - lb. 1.99; Canadian Walleye Fillets - lb. 6.49; Alaskan King Crab Legs - lb. 9.89. Schaefer's Foods - Hwy 371 - Nisswa. 30 years ago (1984) It's been almost four years since the Brainerd girls' basketball team scored over 60 points. But that was before Coach Roger Nibbe's Warriors mauled Alexandria 64-39, shooting 55 percent from the field.
DECEMBER 9 20 years ago (1994) Brainerd and Baxter are taking on as bright a holiday look as ever before. The annual Christmas Lighting Contest has attracted 33 entries in the residential and commercial categories. Winners of cash prizes will be chosen Sunday night and an awards ceremony will be televised. 30 years ago (1984) Coach Mike Morgan expected his Warriors would have trouble containing Bemidji's 6-7 center Scott Kerick and he was right, Kerick counting 20 points and 8 blocked shots in a 46-43 Bemidji win.