• 20 years ago (1999)

Jack Gibbons usually landed the last punch. A Brainerd lakes resident for the past 40 years until his death last week at 86, Gibbons was born in St. Paul where he was a superb all-around athlete, especially boxing, where he was the 4th-ranked middleweight in the world with 101 wins.


  • 30 years ago (1989)

The Brainerd girls' cross country ski team won the state title with 171 points, ahead of Hastings with 166. The Warriors were led by Chris Brown, who won the individual title in 16:41.3, and Angie Moudry, who finished third. Brown was third in last year's state meet.


  • 40 years ago (1979)

An Elk River jury found Dean Rieck, 19, of Brainerd, guilty of aggravated assault, robbery and escape. They did not reach a verdict on two counts of kidnapping. Rick had commandeered a sheriff's car while enroute to the St. Cloud Reformatory, using a pistol hidden in his clothes.


  • 60 years ago (1959)

Fire of unknown origin destroyed about 13,000 five-week old turkeys and a large two-story building at the Steve Jelacic turkey farm three miles north of Merrifield. Two other buildings with 18,000 birds were not damaged. The loss is estimated at $32,000.


  • 80 years ago (1939)

The only person still living who attended the opening of the 1st Presbyterian Sunday School on Feb. 8, 1889, Mrs. Louis Hohman, will be honored guest at the anniversary dinner tomorrow. Mrs. Hohman recalls that there was a raging blizzard on that date in 1889.


  • 100 years ago (1919)

Serving as auctioneer, U.S. Marshal Joseph Wessel sold three cars that had been seized by Indian agents from men bringing liquor into this dry territory. A 1917 Ford Touring Car sold for $150, the 1916 six-cylinder Studebaker went for $205 and the Ford delivery van for $300.