OCTOBER 21 20 years ago (1994) (Photo) The Raiders emerged victorious in the final game on the Brainerd Community College football field. On October 20 the Raiders defeated Itasca 32-26 in overtime. Construction of a campus for the Brainerd Staples Technical College will begin on the site soon. 30 years ago (1984) A 45-0 explosion over Fergus Falls clinched a second straight Northwest Division title and state playoff berth for Al Kilgore's Red Raiders. Brainerd Community College is now 7-0 with one game to play.
OCTOBER 20 20 years ago (1994) Resorts, hotels and motels in in other locations are seeing business grow rapidly, while the Brainerd lakes area lodging industry has remained stable for years. The difference, say state tourism officials, is aggressive, well-funded marketing efforts by those other destinations. 30 years ago (1984) A Hennepin County judge has taken under advisement a motion for dismissal of a class action suit against the state brought by longtime Brainerd fluoride foe Irene Johnson.
OCTOBER 19 20 years ago (1994) Paul Bloom was named Minnesota's 1994 Community Educator of the Year, sharing the award with Linda Gohman of Grey Cloud. Bloom, who has been director of the Brainerd district's Community Education Program for 10 years, was nominated by his staff. 30 years ago (1984) Winless St. Cloud Apollo got a break when Sandy Smith fumbled at his 25-yard line, but fumbled it right back, and Brainerd went on to a 33-0 win.
OCTOBER 17 20 years ago (1994) Last week a Merrifield girl ran from a would-be child abductor to a nearby house for help. Brainerd Police are starting a program based on Baxter's year-old "Safe House" program. Those wanting to volunteer can sign up and then undergo a background check to be designated. 30 years ago (1984) (Photo) Carey Brusseau of Brainerd climbs a hill during the Central Lakes Conference cross country meet at Little Falls. Trailing him is St. Cloud Tech's Tim Langen, the eventual winner.
OCTOBER 16 20 years ago (1994) Some football teams throw the bomb for a big play. The Warrior bomb threat is to put the ball in the hands of Brent Stark. The senior ran 20 times for 198 yards and a TD as Brainerd stopped Little Falls 33-12. The Warriors improved to 5-2 on the season. 30 years ago (1984) A person will usually have a notion and a prepared speech when he or she is about to be honored.
OCTOBER 15 20 years ago (1994) Vandals again struck the gazebo at the Northland Arboretum, extending their rampage to flowerbeds and doing total damage of $1,000 in materials alone. Also destroyed was a fence built last spring by Boy Scouts through 200 hours of donated labor. 30 years ago (1984) (Edit.) Stay out of the way of the Brainerd Community College Raider football team. It mows down everything in sight. They are 6-0 after clipping Crookston 48-0. BCC has allowed only 10 points scored against them this season.
OCTOBER 14 20 years ago (1994) An armed robber was given a small amount of cash and prescription drugs in a hold-up at Thrifty White Drug in the East Brainerd Mall. The suspect brandished a long-barreled pistol and wore a red wig and gorilla mask. The man, who is 6-feet tall and stocky, is still at large. 30 years ago (1984) (Photo) Steve Nunnink, the Warrior athletic department's "man of many hats," watches Tom Andresen doing weight training exercises for football players.
OCTOBER 13 20 years ago (1994) (Photo) A worker uses an end-loader to knock down rubble of the former Giovanni's Pizza building. A fire that started in the Planned Parenthood section of the building on Aug. 10 destroyed four businesses. Both Giovanni's and Planned Parenthood have relocated to sites on Washington Street. 30 years ago (1984) Mesaba Airlines is coming to the rescue of Brainerd business commuters. A plane will arrive from Minneapolis at 7:45 p.m., overnight here, and then return to Minneapolis at 7 a.m.
OCTOBER 12 20 years ago (1994) Residents on the 5500 block of Hwy 371 North are used to spending fall days inhaling the crisp air and enjoying views of N. Long Lake across the highway. Now they have to deal with 60 cats that live in a nearby abandoned house and put up with the stench of animal waste. 30 years ago (1984) (Photos) Daniel Johnson, Minneapolis, weighed in the largest smallmouth bass of the season, 5-4, at Nisswa Bait Shop.
OCTOBER 10 20 years ago (1994) Armed with a baseball bat, a Brainerd man whose car's gas tank had been siphoned three times chased the thief and cornered him under a bridge until he agreed to turn himself in to police. Rick Engholm said he wired a switch under his gas cap that set off an alarm in his house. 30 years ago (1984) An unusual - and brief - quirk in the coming Brainerd mayoral election was resolved when one candidate dropped out. C. Hilmer Anderson, a former Potlatch employee, was running against incumbent C. Elmer Anderson and Tom Louden. C.