20 years ago (1999)

Brainerd’s Mighty Gulls baseball team never got to play its final regular-season home game this year. The game was cancelled after vandals turned on the sprinklers overnight and laid hoses on the base paths. In the morning the infield was under water and home plate was a mud pit.

30 years ago (1989)

Steve Hall, creator of Shotgun Red of Nashville fame, and who was sued by his former booking agent, has struck back with a lawsuit of his own. His agent’s suit was for $175,000 in merchandise; Hall’s suit is for $5 million and asks for return of Hall’s van and airplane.

40 years ago (1979)

The Morey Fish Co., a privately owned Motley-based firm for 41 years, was purchased this week by International Multifoods Corp. of Minneapolis for shares of Multifoods stock. Morey’s supplies a six-state area with fresh, frozen and smoked fish from its Motley plant.

60 years ago (1959)

County sheriff’s officers are investigating reports of a stolen boat at Whipple Lake, and a number of reports of speedboats chasing loons. Sheriff Al Krueger said it is reported that a number of loons have been crippled by boats, and it is against the law to molest them.

80 years ago (1939)

Ten more cases resulting from the big slot machine raids on July 3 were heard in Municipal Court today before Judge Warner. This follows 10 cases heard yesterday. All were bound over to be heard in district court when that panel convenes.

100 years ago (1919)

A company has been formed to process turpentine and other derivatives, such as pine tar and creosote, from millions of pine stumps that now litter the state-owned cut-over timber lands. Norway pine stumps which are on 2 million acres of northern Minnesota, are particularly useful.