20 years ago (1999)

Brainerd Mighty Gulls second baseman Joe Lima got a great birthday present. When the Gulls defeated the league-leading Wisconsin Woodchucks 13-8, Lima was at bat in the 8th when the announcer told fans it was his birthday. They gave him a huge ovation and he promptly singled, and later scored.

30 years ago (1989)

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A proposed junk car ordinance, which brought lengthy discussion before the city council, is likely to be fine-tuned before being brought to a vote. A roomful of citizens understood the need for controls but worried that hobbyists and amateur mechanics might be hurt.

40 years ago (1979)

The city council received a letter from the state health commissioner saying that the city had run out of options and must now fluoridate Brainerd’s water. The council replied with a letter saying they were “taking the matter under advisement.” Former alderman Bob Olson says he will sue the city to fluoridate.

60 years ago (1959)

(Adv.) Wanted! A woman between the ages of 18 and 30 to help care for six children in the Aitkin area until August 10. Then will go to Miami, Florida with family for the winter. Phone Mrs. Walter B. in Deerwood.

80 years ago (1939)

A 60-year-old St. Paul florist, whose body was found in Cullen Lake at 4:30 this morning, was ruled a suicide by drowning by John Thabes, county coroner. The man had suffered a nervous breakdown on May 20 and had been convalescing at a cabin there since then.

100 years ago (1919)

Hubert & Hickethier, conducting the Iron Exchange Building barber shop, have been compelled to add a fourth chair to their establishment to take care of a rapidly expanding business. They have engaged “Babe” Haliday to man the fourth chair.