SEPTEMBER 18

20 years ago (1999)

In 25 years, Brainerd Medical Center has exploded from a small clinic with seven doctors to a staff of more than 225, including 40 physicians. BMC, which moved to its current location in south Brainerd in 1981, remains a physician-owned clinic.

30 years ago (1989)

(Photo) Workers from Little Falls Granite Works hoisted the center stone of the new All Veteran’s Memorial into place this morning between the post office and the court house. It features a tribute to the Bataan Death March designed by Chip Borkenhagen. Four more slabs will surround it.

40 years ago (1979)

(Photo) The new Laurel Street bridge has now spanned the Mississippi, but more giant concrete beams are still being put in place. The beams are so long that parking is forbidden on streets in the vicinity to provide trucks room to maneuver. Completion is slated for late fall.

60 years ago (1959)

(Adv.) At the Gull Drive-In Theatre see James Stewart and Lee Remick in “Anatomy of a Murder.” Starting tomorrow, it’s Cary Grant and James Mason starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s newest thriller, “North by Northwest.”

80 years ago (1939)

Is it contagious? Mrs. William Bethke, Northeast Brainerd, underwent an operation for appendicitis at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Mr. Bethke hardly had time to comfort his wife before he was wheeled into the operating room for - yes - an emergency appendectomy at 1 p.m.

100 years ago (1919)

Rural telephone lines in the county have largely objected to the raise in rates from $3 to $6 by the Northwestern Telephone Co. A hundred farmers on the Brainerd and Southern Farmers’ lines say they have been unable to communicate with Brainerd for over two weeks.