MARCH 3 20 years ago (1995) In her third attempt, Pillager 7th grader Melanie Gaalswyk finally won the Regional Spelling Bee. She was the top speller among 34 students in grades 5-8 from 24 area school districts. She advances to the state spelling bee at St. John's University on April 6. 30 years ago (1985) A Brainerd institution. There's no other way to describe Jim Wallace. Since July, 1951 he has been sports editor of the Dispatch, but this North Dakota native will retire at the end of the month after covering yet another state basketball tournament.
MARCH 2 20 years ago (1995) The "new" money for elementary education in Gov. Carlson's revised budget puts schools back where they started. And that doesn't address other spending caps in the budget. Area superintendents warn that the budget will mean large property tax increases - again. 30 years ago (1985) Dick Parks Gas claimed top honors in the Brainerd Women's Bowling Assn. Tournament, rolling a 3,001 to beat Brainerd Dispatch's 2,991.
MARCH 1 20 years ago (1995) The Northland Arboretum officially kicked off a fund drive to purchase 120 acres of land at the north end of the reserve. The Arboretum needs $110,000 to pay for the land, currently owned by Cal Fremling, said Dick Beal, Arboretum director. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Morey's Fish House - Specials! Northern Fillets - lb. $1.99 (10-lb. box - $18.95); Scallops (30-40 count per pound, lightly breaded) - lb. $4.99; Morey's Deluxe Chowder - Manhattan, Seafood, Salmon or Lobster Bisque - Buy One / Get One Free!
FEBRUARY 27 20 years ago (1995) The Brainerd Community College women's basketball team finished 6th in the state tournament after falling 81-64 to Fergus Falls in the consolation championship game. Brainerd had beaten Vermillion 51-48 in the first round. The Raiders finish 17-8 for the season. 30 years ago (1985) For a team averaging 52 points per game, and suffering four straight defeats, the Warrior boys showed a Parents Night crowd they are capable of better than that.
FEBRUARY 26 20 years ago (1995) The 5th Annual Elementary Honors Choir will be held Feb. 27 in Brainerd Public Schools. One hundred pupils rehearsed with Mike Smith, high school vocal director. They will rehearse tonight and perform tomorrow with Dr. Anton Armstrong, director of the renowned St. Olaf Choir. 30 years ago (1985) The federal government giveth - and it can taketh away. That's the dilemma facing local governments as Congress moves to eliminate the $4.6 billion revenue sharing program.
FEBRUARY 25 20 years ago (1995) Robert Brekken, Sr., 78, former owner of Brekken's Men's Store in downtown Brainerd, died Feb. 22 in Wabasha. He was a WWII and Korean War veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart. Brekken was very active in downtown business and Chamber of Commerce activities. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) The Brainerd Kixters precision dance line performed "Yankee Doodle Boy" Saturday to take first place in Class AA at the State Danceline Competition. They beat out 16 other Class AA teams.
FEBRUARY 24 20 years ago (1995) The 1944-45 C-I basketball team had many memories of a great season. One thing they didn't have was a plaque or trophy for their conference and District 24 championships. Due to a materials shortage during WWII, they got only certificates. This Friday they will finally receive their plaques. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) A Taste of 1955! One day only, February 26, the 10-cent donut returns to Mister Donut. Remember 1955? When every boy wore a Davy Crockett coonskin cap and every girl wore a pony tail. The 10-cent Donut Returns to Mister Donut - 1301 S.
FEBRUARY 23 20 years ago (1995) The scholarship foundations of Brainerd's merging community and technical colleges may be merged as well, creating a combined endowment of $1.8 million. The Brainerd Community College and Brainerd-Staples Tech College will merge July 1st. Combining the funds would be natural. 30 years ago (1985) Some people think stealing cable TV service isn't really a crime - certainly not something you can go to jail for. The folks at Group W Cable in Brainerd say it is, and you can.
FEBRUARY 22 20 years ago (1995) Nearly two months after the county board placed a moratorium on cell phone use, the battle between the board and social services continues. On Jan. 18, board chair Art Wagner, without consulting other commissioners, issued a reprimand to Dennis Johnson, social services director. 30 years ago (1985) Guy Doud, language arts teacher at Brainerd High School, was selected last night as Brainerd Teacher of the Year. A tea honoring him will be held April 10 at the high school.
FEBRUARY 20 20 years ago (1995) Greg Tomberlin won two events and Linda Tomberlin took second in the Powder Puff race in the Cathy Jensen Memorial Ice Auto Race at North Star Iceway. Proceeds from the Jensen race have been donated to Confidence Learning Center. 30 years ago (1985) The city council has agreed to explore the possibility of presenting the state with another alternate dental health program that would replace fluoridation of the city's water.