JANUARY 30 20 years ago (1995) Four weeks of relative inactivity by the county board has done little to calm fears of county employees and assure them their jobs are secure. "Frankly, everyone is paranoid at this point," said one employee, echoing comments by others, after board firings a month ago. 30 years ago (1985) (Adv.) Wow! A Super Saturday! Enjoy a delicious dinner and dance to "Mountain Fever." Dinner for two with 8 cocktails - choice of BBQ Ribs - Walleye - 8 oz. Top Sirloin or Chicken Kiev. Only $22.50. Reservations please.
JANUARY 29 20 years ago (1995) A fatigued Warrior hockey team had enough energy left to defeat Little Falls 5-2 in a conference matchup at the Brainerd Civic Center. Brainerd, playing its fourth game in seven days, poured 49 shots on goal as it raised its conference leading record to 6-1, and 12-5 overall on the season. 30 years ago (1985) Brainerd's long-lost water tower float has been found. After a Dispatch story, about 20 tips came in and eventually the float was found - dismantled - at the home of Jim and Lorri Hoff.
JANUARY 28 20 years ago (1995) The abrupt resignation of Steve Moline, executive director of the Brainerd Chamber, after only 10 months on the job was announced Friday. The board indicated they would look for stability in the position, as Moline's successor will be the 7th chamber exec in 11 years. 30 years ago (1985) There's no such thing as a lost-and-found department for parade floats, but just in case - has anyone seen the Brainerd float lately? You can't miss it. It's the one with the 15-foot replica of the water tower on it.
JANUARY 27 20 years ago (1995) Three possible abduction attempts in Brainerd this week have put parents, teachers and children on alert. They were already on alert due to similar events in past months, but Supt. Bob Gross sent a note home to parents after a man tried to lure a girl into his car at a bus stop yesterday. 30 years ago (1985) Scoring many second, third and fourth place finishes, Willy Severson's Warrior swim team defeated Willmar 91-81 in a key conference meet.
JANUARY 26 20 years ago (1995) Luck ran out for two proficient Brainerd burglars this week, thanks to Baxter officers armed with cellular phones. After a rash of robberies where police were always a step behind the thieves, it was determined they monitored police radio. Using cell phones instead of radio nailed the crooks. 30 years ago (1985) The Brainerd Community College women's basketball team jumped to a 15-1 lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back, crushing the U of M-Crookston 84-40.
JANUARY 25 20 years ago (1995) A Richfield man, who tested the icy waters of the Whitefish Chain, is alive today because of luck. Two men went through the ice, with one escaping to sound the alarm. Word got to Crow Wing County Deputy Neal Gaalswyk, who was nearby, and he led the successful rescue. 30 years ago (1985) Writer John Hassler doesn't talk like he writes. The 51-year-old former professor at Brainerd Community College is noted for his modest reserve, saving his expressiveness for the typewriter.
JANUARY 23 20 years ago (1995) Sharp observation by Baxter police resulted in the arrest of two burglary suspects. Dale Walz and Andy Rooney were on routine patrol when they spotted two men near a Baxter athletic club. After arresting them it was found they were tied to nearly 30 business burglaries in the county. 30 years ago (1985) Jane Stewart of Brainerd was named the president and general chair of the Brainerd Area United Way, while VPs will be Sara Dunlap, Tom Isle, Warren Williams and Bob Krell.
JANUARY 22 20 years ago (1995) Donn Johnson tap-danced on the ice for two hours, waiting to see if his 7.61-pound eelpout would stay atop the leader board at the Brainerd Jaycees 5th Annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza. It did, and he won a 1995 Ford pickup. A record 6,127 ticket holders caught 750 fish. 30 years ago (1985) The hiring of a city administrator - an idea that has been tossed around by Brainerd's city council in the past - took more definite shape yesterday.
JANUARY 21 20 years ago (1995) Crow Wing County, reflecting its status as an attractive retirement spot, is closing in on a population of 50,000. Census Bureau estimates show the county with a population of 48,871. That's a 10.4 percent increase since 1990. 30 years ago (1985) The Super Bowl and teeth-chattering temperatures didn't deter future brides and their fiances from attending the 2nd Annual Bridal Fair at the Holiday Inn.
JANUARY 20 20 years ago (1995) She knew about Swiss resorts, coral reefs and New Jersey commuters. Karen Scott was named the winner of the Geography Bee, earning her a qualifying shot at the Minnesota Geography Bee. Scott had tied with Andy Norgan and the contest went into OT and sudden death. 30 years ago (1985) Brainerd Community College's men's basketball team improved to 4-0 in the conference and 10-3 overall with an 85-67 win over Rainy River.