20 years ago (1999)

County commissioners are likely to make a decision for professional management in the next few weeks. The main concerns have been funding for a county administrator and the reaction of some department heads. But at Aitkin County, they are four years into such a program with good results.

30 years ago (1989)

Folks at Pipestone, in SW Minnesota, are starting a campaign to fix up their old concrete water tower – a twin sister of Brainerd's and built about the same time, circa 1919. Both were targeted for destruction but saved about the same time – 1974. Now Pipestone will refurbish theirs.

40 years ago (1979)

Lucille Shaw has been named Brainerd's 1979 Citizen of the Year from 21 nominations by Community Action, and will be honored at a recognition banquet Jan. 11 at the Moose Lodge. Shaw, stricken by polio at an early age and wheelchair bound, is a business owner and volunteer.

60 years ago (1959)

Lila Jean Matheny took the stand in her own defense again today on the fifth day of her second degree murder trial. She spoke of the brutal treatment she received at the hands of her bartender husband, whom she is charged with killing, bringing sympathetic looks from women spectators.

80 years ago (1939)

What happens when a military unit is called to active duty will be enacted when a test mobilization will be enacted by the 34th Tank Corps, Brainerd's national guard unit. That will kick off a week of training that will include convoys of 84 miles on Hwy 371, and a recon of Hwy 210.

100 years ago (1919)

At the midnight hour, burglars broke the lock on a rear door and entered the office of the Western Union Telegraph Co. A tenant of the 1st National Bank, going to his quarters, probably scared the burglars away. The manager, Miss Thekla Midgarden, said nothing was missing.