20 years ago (1999)

When Principal Lance Smith leaves Baxter school on the last day of school, it will begin his retirement and end 34 years in schools, 25 of them as Baxter principal. "I've been behind this desk 25 years, but it feels like 25 days. Time has gone by so fast," he said.

30 years ago (1989)

(Photo) Charles Knox, 27, of Texas, left court chambers this morning after a jury deliberating for three days found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, and first and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Michael Mahoney, 34, of Nisswa.

40 years ago (1979)

Police officer Randy Bush rejected the city council's offer of two months back pay after his resignation, and raised a possible conspiracy between several council members and the county attorney in his recent prosecution. This prompted a heated exchange between council members Denny Martin and Mary Koep.

60 years ago (1959)

Purchase of Smokey Joe's Restaurant, 1/4-mile south of Nisswa, has been announced by Beryl Warden, owner of Lazy Brook Resort, located next door to the restaurant. The restaurant was owned by Joe Zulski, who will continue as the cook.

80 years ago (1939)

Police warn small boys to "lay off the artillery." They want boys to have fun but also want to protect property. With accurate fire from BB guns and slingshots, the boys have destroyed street lights and signs. A close watch will be made, and miscreants will be hauled into juvenile court.

100 years ago (1919)

(Adv.) Mother's Day Special Program at the Park Theatre! Harold Bachman and his "Million Dollar Band" - 40 men strong. Played last Mother's Day in Paris at command by Gen. John Pershing - the best band in the U.S. Army. Shows at 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Prices 50 and 75 cents.