AUGUST 5 20 years ago (1995) In both the 6th and 7th innings the Brainerd VFW baseball team had the bases loaded and nobody out, and both times Monticello pulled off a double-play. That was, in large part, why Brainerd lost the District 6 championship game to Monticello, 6-4. 30 years ago (1985) Kinship is the name of a new program in Brainerd that will pair lonely youth ages 5 to 17 with caring friendly adult volunteers.
AUGUST 4 20 years ago (1995) Soon there may be a break for the owners of the Lake Hubert Store. The original store and post office was built on what was then a logging camp in 1908, before being replace by the current building in 1915. Owners Jon and Jean Echternacht believe they have it sold to the Chuck Grillos. 30 years ago (1985) Herb Stunek of Brainerd has retired from the Prudential Insurance Co.'s Brainerd office after 30 years with the company.
JULY 31 20 years ago (1995) Shawn Wageman remained red-hot in the Street Stock division at North Central Speedway as he ran his string to four consecutive feature wins. The feature win capped a clean sweep for the current season points leader as he out-dueled Dave Johnson on the final lap. 30 years ago (1985) While police talked to a group of youths in the Midtown Center parking lot late last night, they saw a car with a burned out light and stopped it. The car took off, racing through Brainerd streets at 70 mph.
JULY 30 20 years ago (1995) (Business News) Wade Heapy and Troy Handeland, both 1990 graduates of Brainerd High School, have graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Both are now employed as sous chefs at Grand View Lodge. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) 3rd Annual Parking Lot Produce Sale! Brainerd Homegrown Sweet Corn - doz. 79 cents; Crenshaw, Persian, Santa Claus or Canary Fancy Melons - ea. $1.99; Slicing Cucumbers - 6 for $1.00; Michigan Blueberries - pint 98 cents.
JULY 29 20 years ago (1995) (Photo) Jim Nichols, construction manager of the new $28 million ethanol plant in a field just north of Little Falls, said: "I'm breathing a sigh of relief. Now we just have to stay on time and keep the budget in line." The plant should be finished in one year. 30 years ago (1985) A lucky break and a trail of footprints led police to the arrest of one of two youngsters who held up the Casey's General convenience store on Washington Street.
JULY 28 20 years ago (1995) For Brainerd VFW pitcher Walt Woolsey, his bid for a no-hitter in Brainerd's 7-0 tournament victory over Wadena came down to inches. Designated hitter Eric Blom hit a chopper to the left side in the 7th. Woolsey fielded it but Blom beat the throw to first by a step. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) Herberger's ribbon-cutting ceremonies at their grand opening in the West Brainerd Mall included silk roses for the first 750 customers.
JULY 27 20 years ago (1995) The city of Baxter hired a police secretary in June at a wage of $10.58 per hour. But the AFSCME union - of which the woman is a member - has filed a grievance, saying the contract they negotiated with the city says the secretary can only be paid $7.90 per hour. 30 years ago (1985) Thieves "checked out" a personal computer system from the Brainerd Public Library late Friday night. They broke into a second-floor window that someone tried to enter last week.
JULY 26 20 years ago (1995) The great billboard debate has ended - at least until this time next year. On a 3-2 vote the county commissioners adopted the much-changed sign ordinance. Billboards can be no larger than 350 square feet, must be at least 600 feet apart and no new ones are allowed until an old one comes down. 30 years ago (1985) For those of you lucky enough to see an occasional $50 bill, watch out - it might be counterfeit. Eight bogus bills had shown up in the Baxter area by noon today, with more expected soon. Baxter Police Officer Chuck McGuire said, "They look good.
JULY 24 20 years ago (1995) Some people believe the DNR should be tarred and feathered for its plans to tar the Paul Bunyan Trail. Forty-eight miles from Baxter to Hackensack will be paved in August for $1.4 million. Snowmobilers say black tar attracts sunlight and melts snow, and snowmobile cleats will tear up the trail. 30 years ago (1985) The consultant's fee for designing a county employee comparable worth payment plan could be $30,000, and county commissioners aren't thrilled with being forced to foot the bill.
JULY 23 20 years ago (1995) Major league baseball isn't the only one with disillusioned fans. When the North Central League and its Brainerd Bears folded on July 14, 10-year-old batboy Andy O'Day found his paycheck bounced. His father, Mark O'Day, said he would be sure his son got the $36.94 he earned. 30 years ago (1985) State Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, said he is exploring the idea of a new public service building that would house the MN Highway Patrol and an information office.