20 years ago (1999)

Yvonne DeVries cut her finger, but the 14-year-old is $1,000 richer after finding the medallion at the county fair. She stood with 50 others as the final clue was read aloud before the crowd stampeded for the cattle barn. She found the medallion and cut her finger pulling it off a nail on an eave of the barn.

30 years ago (1989)

Brainerd Technical College is one of 17 in the state that is being told by the feds to reduce student loan defaults. Officials at BTC say the issue is complicated. As the amount of federal and state aid decreases, the cost of education keeps rising.

40 years ago (1979)

The wife of a Pillager man facing trial for keeping his seven children out of school wants them to attend Brainerd schools. The Brainerd board asked who would pay; state aid only covers half the cost. Pillager says the children reside there and are expected to attend Pillager schools.

60 years ago (1959)

(Photo) Launie Pilon, 209 J. Street NE, pulled a 2-8 rainbow trout out of Blue Lake last week. This week he returned with friend Ken Davis, 1306 Oak Street, for another try. Each landed a 2-0 rainbow as shown here and entered at Cole’s Sports Shop.

80 years ago (1939)

The North Side Night Hawks walloped the South Side softball team 21-4 yesterday in a softball game at the fill grounds. The North Siders got 25 hits while South Side garnered just eight. Meyers went 4-for-4 and Jim Gardner scored five runs for the North.

100 years ago (1919)

A sale of 160 acres of agricultural land in Long Lake Twp. south of Brainerd was made for $100 per acre. C.E. Peabody sold it to his neighbor, F.H. Gruenhagen, so the latter could increase his fine herd of Holsteins on his Echo Farm. It’s another example of rising farm land prices.