APRIL 16

 

  • 20 years ago (1999)

(Photo) Metal sculptor Jeff Kreitz of Crosslake discusses his 12-foot tall metal peace sculpture with Sisters Helen Claire and Vivian Arts at St. Joseph's Medical Center's new peace garden. It will become the focal point of the garden, to be completed within the next two months.

 

  • 30 years ago (1989)

Although it will likely be decided by politics rather than economics, the debate over raising the federal minimum wage to $4.55 per hour by 1991 will have little effect here. With unemployment at a 15-year low, most local workers are already earning more than that.

 

  • 40 years ago (1979)

Brainerd isn't the only community not in compliance with a 1967 state law that says city water supplies must be fluoridated, though it is the largest with a population of 11,600. There are seventeen communities not complying, with Glenwood at 2,800 persons the next largest.

 

  • 60 years ago (1959)

One of the worst forest fires here in several years swept north from a point near the Brainerd airport, blackening 2,500 acres as it was fanned by 20 mph winds. The blaze was spotted from the Ahrens Hill fire tower but was out of control by the time firefighters reached it.

 

  • 80 years ago (1939)

Suffering painful injuries when her arm was caught in an electric washing machine wringer, an 8-year-old girl is being treated at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was alone in the room when her hand was caught and drawn into the machine. There were no broken bones, but painful burns from the rollers.

 

  • 100 years ago (1919)

A Brainerd boy, Pvt. Louis Hill, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and numerous other citations for bravery while serving in France with the 18 Company of the 5th Regular Marines. He later died of his wounds. The awards are being sent to his next of kin, a sister.