APRIL 25 20 years ago (1997) Mac and Gerre McGuire, with daughter Susan Hardy, have sold McGuire's Piney Ridge Lodge on Upper Whitefish Lake after owning it for 20 years and adding a restaurant and golf course to the facility. Purchasers are a group of investors led by a Twin Cities attorney. 30 years ago (1987) (Photo) Mona Austin has been named 1987-88 Secretary of the Year by the Brainerd chapter of the Professional Secretaries Assn. Austin, who is deputy clerk - treasurer for the city of Brainerd, has been employed by the city since September, 1961.
APRIL 23 20 years ago (1997) The city council has unanimously approved an agreement that allows the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Assn. to proceed with construction of a second ice arena in Brainerd. The group would construct and pay for the arena, then turn the facility over to the city to run. 30 years ago (1987)
APRIL 21 20 years ago (1997) Brainerd officially joined the Red River's flood relief program as a C-141 transport plane arrived with supplies for flood victims. A U.S. Army spokesman said Brainerd's airport will become a supply hub. The initial flight brought 4,000 blankets, 900 sleeping bags and 80 cots. 30 years ago (1987)
APRIL 20 20 years ago (1997) A study team at Washington Middle School discovered through a science lesson that the famous U of Minn. Golden Gopher mascot is actually a 13-line ground squirrel. They wrote to university president Nils Hasselmo of their finding and were stunned to get a letter in return. 30 years ago (1987)
APRIL 19 20 years ago (1997) In the most lopsided result in the history of Dispatch polls at the Commerce and Industry Show or the county fair, respondents voted 300-28 that they opposed any public financing of a Minnesota Twins stadium. Even those few in favor said only a little should be financed. 30 years ago (1987)
APRIL 18 20 years ago (1997) A 9th District judge has denied a citizens petition, signed by 76 people, to convene a grand jury in the 1992 death of William "Blue" Gast of Brainerd. The petition further asked for a special prosecutor to look into the death, stating he was the victim of a cocaine trafficking ring. 30 years ago (1987)
APRIL 17 20 years ago (1997) Police received a call from an employee at the East Brainerd Mall saying a woman was shoplifting. Police stopped her with stolen goods in the parking lot and seized a van filled with merchandise. She turned out to be a member of a professional ring shoplifting across the state. 30 years ago (1987)
APRIL 16 20 years ago (1997) Warrior football players Chris Studer and Brian Day have been selected to play on the Outstate team in the Minnesota All-Star Football Game set for June 28 at Macalester College. Studer is linebacker while Day, the Associated Press Player of the Year, is a running back. 30 years ago (1987) Trend Fields shaved nearly three seconds off the Brainerd girls' 300-meter hurdle record to help the Warriors to a second-place finish at the Park Rapids Invitational. Her time of 46.5 seconds eclipsed the previous mark of 49.2, also hers.
APRIL 13 20 years ago (1997) The Classic, the new 18-hole championship golf course at Madden's on Gull Lake, will open for play on April 26. The opening of The Classic will give Madden's 63 holes of golf, making it one of the state's largest golf facilities. 30 years ago (1987) A profitable partnership between the Pillager Senior Citizens and a Brainerd business, North Star Plating, depends on this newspaper. And others. Papers like the Dispatch, Staples World and USA Today are recycled by the seniors and used to wrap refinished auto bumpers.
APRIL 12 20 years ago (1997) (Photo) Cuyuna Range Elementary School principal James Pierson prepares to kiss a pig on the school's playground. He had challenged staff and students to collect over 1 million can pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House. Pierson retires in June after 26 years as principal. 30 years ago (1987)