20 years ago (1999)
Two inmates, a 22-year-old from Brainerd charged with burglary, and a 24-year-old from Crosby charged with attempted robbery and terroristic threats, have escaped from the county jail and are on the run. They chiseled through a glass-block wall and are believed to have had outside help.
30 years ago (1989)
Residents of the county's Unorganized Territory aren't interested in getting organized. More than 100 attended a meeting organized by those who wanted to form a township. After a two-hour discussion on the effect on taxes, etc., a show of hands showed overwhelming opposition.
40 years ago (1979)
The 27-year-old Brainerd man who was sentenced for contempt to 195 days in the county jail for repeatedly swearing at Judge Darrel Sears, spent 10 days thinking it over and then apologized. Sears accepted the apology and freed the man – after he paid the $200 fine that started it all.
60 years ago (1959)
Brainerd's Mayor Levi Johnson filed for re-election this morning at city hall. The mayor is in his 24th year in city government and has been elected mayor six times. Prior to that he served on the Water and Light Board and on the city council.
80 years ago (1939)
Brainerd, joined by C-I and Aitkin, has notified the tournament committee of District 24 that they will not play in the basketball tournament unless the site selection process is changed. The 1940 site is set again for Staples, while C-I has a beautiful new gym and has never hosted a tournament.
100 years ago (1919)
In a boxing exhibition at Crosby, John “Pug” Young twice knocked down Billy Emke but lost a narrow decision to him. “Pug” is in demand and will box Cliff Kramer in the semi-final bout to the Gibbons-O'Dowd match in St. Paul. A large contingent from the Range and Brainerd will attend.