JULY 6 20 years ago (1995) In a unanimous decision, the city council voted to send a letter to county commissioner Mary Koep and her husband Walt informing them of city code regarding barbed wire. It is not allowed next to a sidewalk, where the Koeps placed it during the July 4th parade. 30 years ago (1985) The Ellstroms of Pillager are happy but battle-scarred after winning the 5th Annual Medallion Treasure Hunt. Jacki and Steve followed the daily clues in the Dispatch before finding the medallion hidden near the Brainerd Community College baseball diamond.
JULY 5 20 years ago (1995) After weathering the stormy seas of the North Central Baseball League for less than a month, Brainerd Bears president Gary Hassel resigned last week. With the Bears' organization in debt from its unproductive first season, Hassel found himself fighting a losing battle. 30 years ago (1985) Celebrating America's birthday returned to Brainerd in a big way as thousands enjoyed a half-day party. After a couple years with no observance, it all started with a 1 p.m. patriotic observance and ended with a dance til past midnight.
JULY 3 20 years ago (1995) Kevin Jones of Brainerd won his first Pure Stock feature race at North Central Speedway. He started in the 6th row but moved into the lead on the 10th lap and held on to win. In Street Stocks, Shawn Wageman of Pine River took home the trophy for his third feature win this year. 30 years ago (1985) If you're parking closer to where you want to shop in downtown Brainerd, there's a good reason.
JULY 2 20 years ago (1995) Once again the Brainerd Bears came from behind in 12 innings to beat the Will County Claws 4-3 on a cool night before 312 fans at Mills Field. The previous night they had bounced back from a 10-run deficit for the win. The Bears have improved their record to 9-7. 30 years ago (1985) In Cass County, authorities are "putting their heads together" in a probe into the disappearance of Charlotte Lysdale, 68, of Pine River. She visited friends near Hay Lake on July 14 and apparently drove home.
JULY 1 20 years ago (1995) Downtown Brainerd was buzzing Saturday as dozens of people turned out for the first Mosquito Fest. Nancy Cross, of Brainerd Community Action, said, "Mosquito Fest '95 has been very exciting. We've had good crowds, lots of fun and great weather." 30 years ago (1985) Butterfly research is under way at the Paul Bunyan Arboretum to document butterfly species present and to develop a flight calendar for each. Naturalist Steven Mueller is conducting the survey.
JUNE 30 20 years ago (1995) The Minn. Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit against Brainerd International Raceway and its security company resulting from a 16-year-old girl's participation in a wet T-shirt contest. They ruled she was trespassing, was drunk and could have walked away at any time. 30 years ago (1985) Brainerd Mayor C. Elmer Anderson threw out the first pitch in the All-Star contest that celebrated 30 years of Bronco League baseball in Brainerd. Jamie Albie drilled a three-run homer to help the National League top the Americans 11-8.
JUNE 29 20 years ago (1995) Girls' ice hockey will again be offered as an intramural program this winter because of enthusiasm shown in the 1994-95 season. Athletic Director Ron Stolski told a school board committee that girls' hockey would probably become a high school sport here in three years or so. 30 years ago (1985) The last couple of years July 4th was just another day in Brainerd. A celebration, a highlight in former years, was missing and residents had to travel to other towns.
JUNE 28 20 years ago (1995) (Adv.) It's Our Mosquito Fest! Blood-Sucking Specials thru July 3rd. Parakeets - Reg. $15.00 Now $9.88; Zebra Finches - Reg. $12.99 Now $9.88; Cockatiels - Reg. $69.99 Now $49.99. Gold Fish Races in front of our store on July 1st. Tom's Pet & Hobby - Laurel Street. 30 years ago (1985) Joanne Ruis' hole-in-one highlighted the Women's Golf Invitational at the Brainerd Country Club. The Mille Lacs golfer scored it on the 3rd hole.
JUNE 26 20 years ago (1995) With about 650 kids in Baxter's youth programs this year, the city's new recreation director has only met a fraction of the parents thus far. "I know a lot of them by voice, but not by face," said Carla Stall, who often comes home to 50 messages on her phone. 30 years ago (1985) The county Welfare Fraud Investigator's office filed complaints today charging people with bilking the county out of $53,000. Six couples and two single people are charged, with amounts ranging from $1,200 to $14,000. The investigator has filed six more charges since Jan.
JUNE 25 20 years ago (1995) The team of Randy Heidmann, Brad Anderson, Kurt Muesing, Tom Anderson and Brent Rivers carded a 16-under-par 56 to win the Brainerd Sports Boosters golf tournament at Pine Meadows in Brainerd. The next two teams finished with 57s and another shot 58. 30 years ago (1985) They're planning a revolution in Staples. One that pits 135 jobs in that small town against the might of the BN Railroad. The railroad plans to make the town a "run-through," and all but a handful of jobs would transfer to Dilworth.