• 20 years ago (1999)

What do you want to see when you drive along the new Brainerd bypass into Baxter, a forest of trees or a cluster of homes? That was the question debated by the Baxter council after council member and developer Craig McDonald requested an 80-acre tract of land be rezoned.


  • 30 years ago (1989)

(Photo) Wild rice paddies along the St. Mathias Road south of Brainerd are serving as a temporary home for about 300 tundra swans on the way to their sub-Arctic breeding grounds. The paddies, owned by Ray Puetz, attracted just 12 swans about 15 years ago.


  • 40 years ago (1979)

A heavy spring snow melt caused road washouts and water runoff problems throughout the area. At Aitkin, a road culvert under Hwy 210 washed out sometime yesterday, closing the road and forcing traffic to Duluth to be rerouted through Palisade.


  • 60 years ago (1959)

Appropriation of $15 million to complete construction of the Brainerd State Hospital has been approved by the Minn. Senate finance committee, according to Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier, Little Falls. The Minn. House approved a much smaller financial package.


  • 80 years ago (1939)

Dan Preston, music director at Moorhead State, and director of the world famous Fargo Amphion Chorus, will be guest conductor at the Brainerd Choir Clinic. There will be sectional practices followed by an evening concert by a massed choir of students from Brainerd and surrounding towns.


  • 100 years ago (1919)

Between 200 and 300 cars made the trip to Mille Lacs Lake on a fine sunny day to view the ice pack piled two stories high on the western shore. One can appreciate the strength of the storm that pushed the ice a hundred feet onto shore, tearing down big trees and pushing boulders about.