• 20 years ago (1999)

Maybe it was the luck of the Irish, but more likely strong preparation that brought the Brainerd Kixters the state title in high-kick danceline with a routine titled "Irish Stomp." The 32-member group brought Brainerd its eighth state championship in the AAA Division.


  • 30 years ago (1989)

Iran's outrage over Salman Rushdie's novel, "Satanic Verses," has caused a small stampede in Brainerd to get copies of the book. Wayne Cummings, manager of Little Professor Books, said they are sold out, even selling his own personal copy, and have orders for 70 more copies.


  • 40 years ago (1979)

A study ordered by the Legislature two years ago has concluded there is no evidence that fluoride in city water supplies causes cancer or other health problems. The finding was reached by a three-member panel appointed by former Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1977.


  • 60 years ago (1959)

Samuel R. Hickerson, 74, founder and president of the Hickerson Garment Factory, died at St. Joseph's Hospital. Hickerson founded the garment factory here in 1928. Before that he operated one in Grantsburg, Wisc., where he was born.


  • 80 years ago (1939)

Concluding one of the most successful cage seasons in school history, the Warriors defeated Fergus Falls 38-28 for their 17th win in 19 games. Their conference record is 11-1. The District 24 tournament starts on March 8.


  • 100 years ago (1919)

The federal naturalization examiner from Duluth is in Brainerd conferring with soldiers and sailors about the new citizenship law. They now have six months after discharge to become citizens in a very short time. After that, they return to the regular process which takes years.