FEBRUARY 12 20 years ago (1996) The Brainerd junior high Math League team concluded its season by capturing the conference title. Eight 7th and 8th graders made up the team. Individual medals were awarded to the top 15 students in the conference, with Brainerd winning six of them. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 11 20 years ago (1996) Discussions are heating up in Unorganized Territory over a proposal by Nisswa to take over fire protection in the northern parts of the district. Nisswa Mayor Ruth Peltier said they could do it for less than the Brainerd Fire Dept. and response times might be quicker. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 10 20 years ago (1996) In response to numerous requests from area retailers, the Dispatch will tomorrow begin publishing the names of those arrested for shoplifting. The difficulty in the past is that there was no criminal statute for shoplifting, only theft. Law enforcement agencies have agreed to note them separately. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 9 20 years ago (1996) The Brainerd girls' slalom ski team won its first ever Section 7 championship at Spirit Mountain to move on to the state tourney. To win, the Warriors upset defending section and state champ Duluth East. For the boys, Andy Rangen earned a return state trip as an individual. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 8 20 years ago (1996) (Photo) How warm was it yesterday? Warm enough for postal carrier John Weinhandl to take advantage of 43-degree temperatures and sunshine to make deliveries in downtown Brainerd wearing shorts, a short-sleeved shirt and sunglasses. 30 years ago (1986) An almost 40-year-old airline operation ended Saturday when Republic Airlines Flight 894 departed from the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport. Maurice Vandergon, Republic agent at the airport, said they will be replaced by Republic Express, a commuter airline.
FEBRUARY 7 20 years ago (1996) The state's Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs has upheld an administrative law judge's ruling ordering reinstatement of Sig Stier and Jerry Jacobs to their county jobs. The ruling further requires the county to reimburse them for pay and benefits, with interest, since Feb. 3, 1995. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 5 20 years ago (1996) If you're excited because it's going to "warm up" to 10 degrees above zero, you're probably a Minnesotan. Daily lows the past week were -9, -35, -38, -42, -43 and -38. School Supt. Bob Gross says there are now three snow/cold days to make up later in the school year. 30 years ago (1986) The Warrior girls' basketball team rolled to its fourth straight win with a convincing 70-37 win over Detroit Lakes. Sara Rugloski paced Brainerd with 22 points while Kelly Smith contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
FEBRUARY 4 20 years ago (1996) The unbeaten CLC Raiders women's basketball team has seized the No. 1 spot in the National Junior College Division III rankings. Through 10 games CLC also ranked No. 1 in team offense with an average of 82.1 points per game. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 3 20 years ago (1996) For a growing number of children across Minnesota, "homework" has taken on a different meaning. The popularity of home-schooling has grown, with one percent of state students doing it, and with places like C-I topping three percent of district students. 30 years ago (1986)
FEBRUARY 2 20 years ago (1996) For the second straight day, the Brainerd lakes area registered its coldest temperatures ever for a given date. The DNR said last night's 43 below was the coldest ever Feb. 2, beating the 1965 record by seven degrees. The airport recorded 47 below zero. 30 years ago (1986) A group of Brainerd High School students have a common goal: They don't want to see any more of their friends die. Stunned by a string of traffic fatalities among classmates last summer, the group has formed a chapter of Students Against Driving Drunk.