20 years ago (1999)

It’s not every day that a dead hummingbird is presented at the city council chambers. Marc Begin, Fort Ripley, did so to illustrate what could happen if the city sprays for mosquitoes. The city still voted to spend $1,200 on a study to determine cost and effectiveness of a spraying program.

30 years ago (1989)

It’s hard to imagine that someone’s best memory of Brainerd was on a rainy weekend in the lakes area. But that’s the case for movie legend Paul Newman. In August, 1982, Newman, 64, grabbed the lead on the first lap and went on to win the SCCA Trans Am Race at BIR.

40 years ago (1979)

The Brainerd Area Chamber Board has adopted a resolution to support Brainerd International Raceway. The Minn. Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens Board will consider claims from residents close to the racetrack that BIR exceeds MPCA noise standards.

60 years ago (1959)

Local and state law officers made 28 arrests of adults and three of juveniles over the weekend for violations of the state’s new “open bottle” law. Sheriff Al Krueger said that not one traffic accident was recorded in the four county area during the eight hours the drive was in effect.

80 years ago (1939)

An economy move to cut $80,000 from the state game and fish department saw 28 game wardens dismissed. That leaves only Mark Beckman, chief warden, in this community. A.P. Cardle, a 22-year veteran here, was not dismissed as he is 65 and simply retired.

100 years ago (1919)

Death to the potato bugs! William Gildart, well-known Long Lake Township farmer, has discovered an insect with a white diamond on its back and a long, sharp bill that has a taste for potato bugs. He has collected several and will send them to the entomologist at the University Farm for identification.