MAY 27 20 years ago (1995) Throughout a tumultuous off-season, when five of six teams defected or folded, the Brainerd Bears were stability in the North Central League. Until yesterday. Bears president Jon Haapajoki resigned, citing differences with owner George Vedder. 30 years ago (1985) A man was pulled to safety when the boat he was driving exploded Saturday night on Gull Lake. Crow Wing County Sheriff said the man was pulled from the water by a friend in another boat after the explosion just offshore at Grand View Lodge. 40 years ago (1975) (Adv.) Count on Greater Savings!
MAY 26 20 years ago (1995) If you wanted to be corny, you could say Kerry Beebe is an "I care" specialist. His service to his patients, profession and his community has caused him to be recognized as 1995 National Optometrist of the Year. He'll receive the award in Nashville, Tenn. on June 24. 30 years ago (1985) By this time, Dale Nathan is paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on his annual after-school trek. But Nathan, vice provost at Brainerd Community College, created a stir at graduation exercises when he announced that he was retiring on June 30.
MAY 24 20 years ago (1995) The number "four" was significant for Sarah Houle on Monday. First, she bumped into a classmate in a kickball game and got four stitches above her right cheek. Two hours later, she pitched a four-hitter as the 2nd-seeded Warriors beat Little Falls 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Superb Dining and the Best in Entertainment! Nightly Specials: Mon. & Tues. - Delicious Sirloin Steak - $5.50; Wed. & Thur. - Chicken or BBQ Ribs - $6.95; Fri. - All-You-Can-Eat Fish - $5.50; Weekend - Huge Strip Steak - $8.95.
MAY 22 20 years ago (1995) Pure Stocks racer Chad Erlandson of Brainerd opened the North Central Speedway season with a bang, winning the First Heat and the Feature, starting both races from the 3rd row. In the Street Stock Feature it was Wally Mass of Perham winning from a 4th row start. 30 years ago (1985) A 24-year-old Brainerd man is in the county jail on charges of DWI and stealing a car. He came up to Officer Irv Tollefson at a stop light and ran the red light, proceeding south on 6th Street at 95 miles an hour.
MAY 21 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) Image Roto Molding owners Jim and Peggy Wills, and Larry and Kathy Henricksen, study blueprints of their new building with Sheila Wasnie of BLADC and contractor Tom Bercher. The building will go in Brainerd's New Industrial Park. 30 years ago (1985) The county board went to court to defend its plans for air conditioning the county jail - a facility that a judge called a "sweatbox" last summer.
MAY 19 20 years ago (1995) A day after clinching the conference baseball title, the Warriors took a walk in the park, using 17 players in a 12-1 romp over Foley. Jeff Barrett went the distance, allowing one hit and striking out 13. Brainerd won its 10th straight game, taking its record to 13-3. 30 years ago (1985) Illinois, the Big Ten's Western Division champ, lost 3-2 to Ohio State in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, but Gary Borg of Brainerd had a great day, hitting his 12th home run of the season to set a new Illinois season record.
MAY 18 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) Brainerd law enforcement personnel jog east on Oak Street in Brainerd, beginning their leg of the Torch Run for Special Olympics. Officers from Crow Wing, Aitkin and the Mille Lacs Band will start at different locations and finish at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. 30 years ago (1985) One run doesn't win too many softball games, except for Brainerd Community College. The Raiders won two state tournament games by 1-0, including the title game against Rochester. Wendy Borg's triple drove in the winning run.
MAY 17 20 years ago (1995) The Brainerd Community College women's tennis team had mixed emotions at the state tournament at Grand View Lodge. They powered their way to a third straight state team title, while winning eight individual titles. But five of the six players now end their BCC careers. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) Charles Bedore recalls his days a a young construction worker on the Washington Street Bridge in the 1930s.
MAY 15 20 years ago (1995) Do you have $78,000 and a burning desire to save one of Brainerd's significant buildings? If so, the city council has a deal for you. By a unanimous 7-0 vote the council decided to put the old National Guard Armory on the selling block until November. 30 years ago (1985) County Health Services and the Brainerd school district are co-sponsoring a pre-kindergarten immunization clinic June 19 and 25. Required immunizations to enter school include diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, oral polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
MAY 14 20 years ago (1995) Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd was awarded the bid for paving the first half of the Paul Bunyan Trail, from Baxter to Hackensack. The 48-mile stretch of the 10-foot wide trail will cost $1.4 million. Two bridges over Hwy 371 are slated to be built. 30 years ago (1985) The 1985 Pequot Lakes High School yearbook will feature a new look this year - sections blacked out with a felt tip pen.