This Was Brainerd - May 12
- 20 years ago (1999)
More than 700 people jammed into Madden's Resort to say goodbye to Bob Gross, retiring as superintendent of Brainerd schools. As a surprise to her dad, Jenny Gross flew in unannounced from California. Tributes ran from playful roasting to touching tributes.
- 30 years ago (1989)
After a week with four games postponed by bad weather, the Warrior baseball team was a bit rusty. But with the score tied at 2-2 in the fifth, Brainerd came alive with homers by John Loney, Curt Veith and Todd Vanek for a 6-3 win over Alex, Brainerd's sixth win in seven games.
- 40 years ago (1979)
At 37, Ron Lyle still has hopes of winning the heavyweight boxing title. His record stands at 37-5-1 with 25 knockouts. Standing in his way tomorrow in Las Vegas is Scott LeDoux of Deerwood, who promoter Don King calls, "The only visible white hope out there today."
- 60 years ago (1959)
Margaret Zabel, now practice teaching in Minneapolis, was considered last night by the school board for a German and English teaching position. At the same time, Miss Zabel's mother was wounded in raging gunfire while witnessing an attempted robbery of a Minneapolis grocery store. Two men were killed.
- 80 years ago (1939)
Henry C. Mills, chair of the meeting held last night at the Armory to form a new organization to replace the now defunct Chamber of Commerce, was disappointed with the turnout. But the crowd was enthusiastic and voted to have Mills appoint a nominating committee to organize a new civic group.
- 100 years ago (1919)
Corp. William Turcotte, deeply tanned from the sun in France, returned home safely and was guest at a party thrown by friends who gave him a send-off more than a year ago. The watch they gave him then is still in one piece. He said there were many Elks overseas and had reunions in France.