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.
JULY 22 20 years ago (1995) American National Bank in Brainerd has been sold to International Bancorp, parent company of Northern National Bank. This brings the number of Northern National Banks in the area to five. Paul Means, an 18-year banking veteran from Iowa, has been named president of the new banks. 30 years ago (1985) The sheriff's office is trying to defuse an explosive situation in the Deerwood area. Some young would-be rocket scientists are experimenting with homemade rockets that explode in the air.
JULY 21 20 years ago (1995) Not only are they losing a lifelong dentist, they're also losing a lifelong friend. After 52 years in dentistry, Dr. Jack Echternacht is putting down his drill and fluoride. "I've loved dentistry all these years; I'm going to miss it." Echternacht,76, has sold his practice to Dr. Rolf Moen. 30 years ago (1985) Jerry Hansen, race car driver and majority owner of Brainerd International Raceway, has good reason not to turn professional. "I don't want racing to control me." Hansen, 33, has won 27 national amateur titles, the most in racing history.
JULY 20 20 years ago (1995) Perhaps it was a protestor, but someone has ruined it for everybody. For several years, people have used a clearing across from Market Square in Baxter as a handy place to place used cars for sale. Property owner BN Railroad had turned a blind eye, but when a sign went up, they closed it off. 30 years ago (1985) (Photo) Paul Newman turned in the third-fastest time in qualifying runs for the Trans Am race set for tomorrow at Brainerd International Raceway.