20 years ago (1999)

Baxter and Brainerd are saving money by jointly hiring Professional Mosquito Control to do a control study for both cities together. Brainerd hired them on Monday and Baxter followed suit yesterday. Instead of $1,500 for each city individually, they’ll pay a joint total of $1,800.

30 years ago (1989)

Harvey Shew’s wish is coming true. Shew, 70, the former Brainerd football coach and Franklin Junior High principal, died yesterday. His wife Audrey said Harvey just wanted to be remembered as a man who helped his students. And he is. Many young people lauded their former mentor.

40 years ago (1979)

The grand opening of the Brainerd Exercise Trail was held just one year ago today. But the present condition of the trail today is not grand. Vandals have poked holes in or torn out most signs designating exercise stations. Motorcycles have torn up and eroded many parts of the trail.

60 years ago (1959)

Public campgrounds on the Mississippi east of Merrifield may be abandoned because of vandalism. Built by CCC personnel in the 1930s, the latrines, tables and water well were soon vandalized. Rebuilt a few years later, it was destroyed again. Rebuilt yet again last year, it has been once more destroyed.

80 years ago (1939)

Giving Old Man Par an unmerciful beating, Wally Engbretson last night fired a sparkling 31, five under par, for a new course record at the nine-hole Brainerd Country Club course. He missed two short putts or it could have been a 29. The old record of 32 was set by Mac McCoy.

100 years ago (1919)

Ernest Ritari has the contract to put in the cement foundations at the Standard Oil filling station on the southwest corner of 6th and Maple Streets. One house there will be relocated at the back of the lot, while others will be torn down.