NOVEMBER 25 20 years ago (1995) In his first stock car race in 1992, Justin Aylward of Brainerd won the outlaw class's heat, feature and trophy dash races at Aitkin Speedway. Three years later he is the 1995 Wissota Class champion at the Willmar track, and was 5th in the nation in Wissota Class points our of 400 racers. 30 years ago (1985) A short life of crime came to an abrupt end for two 16-year-old burglars who had already done 9 burglaries. Bertha Benson, caretaker of the Front Street Cafe, caught them breaking in and called her boss, Dave Pueringer.
NOVEMBER 24 20 years ago (1995) Entrepreneur, philanthropist, volunteer, sponsor, mentor, advocate. Nancy Cross of Community Action said those were the reasons Arnie Johnson, owner of Universal Pensions, has been named as Brainerd Citizen of the Year. "It's quite an honor," Johnson says. 30 years ago (1985) The onset of bone-chilling winter temperatures has not scared away potential participants for the first Brainerd-Baxter Community Winter Parade on Nov. 29.
NOVEMBER 23 20 years ago (1995) How do you measure improvement? Ask Dan Lind of Pequot Lakes, bowling in the Lucky 16 league at Brainerd Bowling Center. Lind rolled a 169 in his first game, 228 in the second and a perfect 300 in the third. It was the first perfect game this season at BBC. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Harvest Dining Specials! All complete dinners with salad, potato, vegetable and roll. Shrimp and Steak - $9.95; Seafood Casserole - $7.95; Shrimp Plate - $9.95; Filet Mignon - $9.95. All are served with complimentary glass of wine.
NOVEMBER 22 20 years ago (1995) Transit Special Services nearly hit the end of the road at Monday's council meeting. During a public hearing on Dial-A-Ride issues, council member Lucy Nesheim moved to cancel their contract, citing loss of ridership, rider dissatisfaction and dispatch problems. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote. 30 years ago (1985) The Brainerd area has entered the running for Minnesota's first out-state horse racing track with plans for a multi-million dollar facility near Pequot Lakes.
NOVEMBER 20 20 years ago (1995) Five Warrior girls are headed to "The Dance," also known as the state swimming and diving meet. Representing Brainerd will be diver Mindy Walker and members of the 200 freestyle relay team: Sarah Schmitz, Emily Hadland, Brenna Nibbe and Kate Winzenburg. 30 years ago (1985) Two Brainerd citizens received the city's Tower award last night. Mayor C. Elmer Anderson presented them to Dale Nathan for contributions to education, and to Marv Nutting for long service on the park board.
NOVEMBER 19 20 years ago (1995) Brainerd area merchants are fed up with shoplifting and want action. Two dozen merchants met at the East Brainerd Mall. They said they want shoplifting crimes printed in the Dispatch, they want judges to hand down stiffer penalties and they want answers. 30 years ago (1985) Future Brainerd mayors could be serving a four-year term instead of the current two years if the entire city council accepts the idea.
NOVEMBER 18 20 years ago (1995) Officials of the county's United Way drive have plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. The 1995 fund drive has collected $302,156 in donations and pledges. The 1995 drive goal was $275,000, according to Penny Johnson, executive Director. 30 years ago (1985) County auditor Conrad Bye says combining the auditor and treasurer's offices is an idea whose time has come. He said it it could save taxpayers $50,000 and provide better service.
NOVEMBER 17 20 years ago (1995) Brainerd mayor Bonnie Cumberland thanks area gasoline retailers for their recent decision to lower gas prices. She said she has received numerous calls, notes and comments from excited residents. She particularly thanked Mills Fleet Farm, the first to drop their gas prices. 30 years ago (1985) Ron Kristofferson likes being a Brainerd resident because of the abundance of lakes for him to fish. He's promoted fishing tackle, guided and was in the Old Milwaukee beer commercial filmed here.
NOVEMBER 16 20 years ago (1995) A nearly all-white school calling itself the Indians will take a soul-searching look at its identity and nickname. Pequot Lakes High School is one of 12 in Minnesota with an Indian-themed name or logo. A state official who is a member of the White Earth Band spoke to the school board. 30 years ago (1985) The discovery of a contract that never went where it was supposed to brings hope for the Blue Water Line, a proposed rail excursion line from Brainerd to Pine River.
NOVEMBER 15 20 years ago (1995) A skeleton crew was posted at Camp Ripley today after 419 employees were placed on furlough when the federal government shut down. Capt. Jay Ecklund, acting post commander, said there is no decision yet on the 7,000 National Guardsmen slated to train there this weekend. 30 years ago (1985) Mindy Hoff is taking a realistic approach to the state swim meet this weekend at the U of Minn. She's a Brainerd High School sophomore who's making her first trip to state after finishing second in the 50 and 100 free at sections.