• 20 years ago (1999)

Jake Francis was the Warriors' top reliever last year, but based on his complete game performance in Brainerd's 12-1 season opener victory over Little Falls, he's bidding to be the No. 1 starter. Francis struck out six, issued no walks and gave up just two hits.


  • 30 years ago (1989)

There was talk of cooperation at a joint meeting of the Brainerd and Baxter city councils. Brainerd is purchasing a new street sweeper that could be contracted to Baxter. Brainerd city administrator Dan Vogt said at his previous job, four nearby cities bartered services to save money.


  • 40 years ago (1979)

The school board has rejected a proposal that would create special election districts, such as the county board has, rather than the current system of electing all members at-large. The proposal came from farm groups in the southern part of the county, saying board members were currently all city folks.


  • 60 years ago (1959)

Top prizes amounting to $550 will be offered in the first LaGuyal Lanes bowling tournament, provided enough bowlers enter, says lanes manager Jim Wallen. First prize to the top team would be $300, with $150 to the top doubles team, and $100 for the singles champion.


  • 80 years ago (1939)

Alf Johnson, 25, of Cuyuna, is in the county jail today after threatening his parents with a shotgun and forcing them from their home. The incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The parents said he came home drunk. Deputies had to fire tear gas into his bedroom to subdue him for the arrest.


  • 100 years ago (1919)

The cabbage farm of Thomas W. Beare, yielding about $4,000 per year in revenue, will be seized by the city under eminent domain. The city will drill new wells there for their water supply. It's a case where good cabbages will be sacrificed for good water.