20 years ago (1999)

(Photo) Steve Schaitberger, Jody Crowe and Peter Johnson hone their vocal show number in preparation for the Rhythm of the Rails opening this week. The musical variety production is inspired by Brainerd’s railroad past, drawn from archives of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

30 years ago (1989)

City taxpayers, who may lose $1.5 million in Colin Hall’s BITC bus project, also are footing its utility bills. In April the council voted to pay utilities at two buildings at BITC, but it appears the city is also paying utilities for two security guards at the site and covering the cost of a broken water main.

40 years ago (1979)

A reluctant city council has agreed to pay controversial police officer Randy Bush nearly $5,000 in back pay and vacation pay in a negotiated settlement ending with Bush’s resignation. Bush also agreed to waive any further claims against the city. He is now an officer in St. Joseph.

60 years ago (1959)

(Photo) Brainerd’s fishing contests finally enrolled a six-pound largemouth bass for this season. Fennel Rice of Minneapolis used a River Runt lure to catch this 6-6 largemouth while fishing on Wise Lake.

80 years ago (1939)

The third day of work stoppage on Brainerd’s WPA projects found no change in the situation, with all projects closed down in the strike to protest wages. A few pickets patrolled projects. Workers have established a strike headquarters at Gardner’s Hall on Laurel Street.

100 years ago (1919)

At the old depot site north of the NP Railroad tracks, the contractors, Hewitt and Co., commenced pouring the first cement of the water tower this morning. The foundation will be 2-1/2 feet thick and 40 feet in diameter. Quite a crew is employed and the hoisting apparatus works fine.