MAY 2 


  • 20 years ago (1999)

The Fort Ripley Rebels took batting practice against the Lastrup Spurs, banging out a 36-6 Victory League win. The Rebels hammered 29 hits and scored a total of 33 runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. They were led by Neil Sather who went 3-for-5 with three homers. Adam Hardy had two homers.


  • 30 years ago (1989)

Brainerd Economic Planner Phil Swanson submitted his resignation to the city council, saying the mayor had asked him to do so. Mayor Bob Olson said he was concerned with Swanson's role in the potential loss of $700,000 in loans to the BITC bus project.


  • 40 years ago (1979)

In what may have been an 11th-hour plea deal, officer Randy Bush resigned his position with the Brainerd Police Dept. He had faced up to four more trials on charges of assaulting prisoners. Both the resignation letter and dismissal of further charges were dated yesterday.


  • 60 years ago (1959)

More than 20 schools from five districts took part in a music competition at Brainerd, including instrumental and vocal groups. Five bands - led by Staples with a one plus rating - received No. 1 ratings. The others were Brainerd, Wadena, Pequot Lakes and Aitkin.


  • 80 years ago (1939)

(Adv.) Bargain in Horses! Buckskin Gelding - 1,350 pounds, 8-years-old, sound - $100; Bay Mare - 1,300 pounds, 7-years-old, sound - $85; Set of double harness - $15. Used farm implements of all kinds. Farm-Labor Oil Co. - Brainerd.


  • 100 years ago (1919)

A dynamite explosion which occurred during stump blasting on his Bay Lake farm killed Robert Downey, 70, as he went up to examine a charge he believed was dead. His son went looking for him and found him about 35 feet from the shattered stump.