20 years ago (1999)
Mildred Chalberg, 97, who witnessed and was part of much of Brainerd's history in this century, passed away yesterday. Intelligent and gracious, she was the daughter of 1920's mayor Con O'Brien, and brother to 1970's mayor Ed “Tom” O'Brien. Her husband, Jack, was president of Brainerd Community College.
30 years ago (1989)
Plates were full and so were the halls as the Brainerd Moose Lodge and Crosslake American Legion hosted community Thanksgiving dinners. The Moose hosted 165 and the Crosslake Legion had 225 people. Most were elderly. Both said they had almost more volunteers than they needed.
40 years ago (1979)
Scott LeDoux, the “Fighting Frenchman” from Crosby, fought his heart out against Mike Weaver yesterday, but his courage couldn't overcome Weavers sharp left jabs and he lost a unanimous decision. He broke into sobs on the ring apron after the TV cameras turned away. His future is undecided.
60 years ago (1959)
Voters in the Brainerd school district have rejected a proposal to establish an area vocational school here by a margin of 960 to 519. The vote used four of the city's elementary schools as polling places. The turnout – though low – was about on par with most school elections here.
80 years ago (1939)
The possibility of using urine tests to convict those accused of drunk driving was being considered after a successful experiment by a Brainerd physician. After his arrest by highway patrolmen, a man took a urine test which proved positive and he pleaded guilty. He was fined $25 for DWI.
100 years ago (1919)
That the Ford car has the kick of a mule for power was proven by Dr. Williams auto, which was jacked up and running by the curb across from the coal office. Somehow it slipped off the jack and threw stones fifty feet, breaking four plate glass windows worth $360 at Turcotte Bros. coal store.