20 years ago (1999)

(Photo) County commissioner Terry Sluss speaks to the crowd of Brainerd, Baxter and county officials as ground is broken for the new Crow Wing County Detention Center on the campus of the Brainerd State Hospital. The $4.6 million facility will have 128 beds.

30 years ago (1989)

About 150 elm trees in Brainerd have marked for removal this year because of Dutch Elm Disease. Bonnie Muzik, city tree inspector, says that is about the same number that were removed last year. About 5,000 elms grew in the city in 1970, losing 300 per year for the first four years.

40 years ago (1979)

Brainerd teachers went to the polls last May to decide which of two rival groups would represent them in contract negotiations. Today they met in a hearing, with the BEA claiming the BFT won by harassing and intimidating BEA members during the election campaign.

60 years ago (1959)

A request by Local 198, Public Employees Union, that city hall be closed on Saturdays was referred to a committee by the city council last night. The union pointed out that the court house is closed Saturdays under a new law passed by this year’s legislature.

80 years ago (1939)

One of the real beauty spots in Brainerd is the bed of colorful flowers in front of the county court house. It has attracted plaudits from many visitors, but has now attracted vandals, as well. Custodians who tend the flowers say unknown persons are now picking the blooms and throwing them on the sidewalk.

100 years ago (1919)

July 19 was the last day of the week-long carnival here, presented by World’s Fair Shows. The highlight in the sideshow was the ten-foot boa constrictor that ate a chicken, its first meal since March. The city park board sponsored the carnival and received $764.50 as its share of the receipts.