DECEMBER 1

20 years ago (1999)

November, a month that normally shows more than 13 inches of snow for the Brainerd area, is a big, fat zero this year. Anxious snowmobilers were advised to be patient by the DNR. The state's trails officially opened today, but clubs need at least a foot of snow to begin grooming.

30 years ago (1989)

Jack Graham, former Brainerd attorney, will have his day in court. The Minn. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a recommendation by the Minn. Lawyers' Board that Graham be suspended from practice of law for 60 days and assessed $1,000 in court costs for unprofessional conduct.

40 years ago (1979)

Three was the lucky number for the Brainerd Federation of Teachers, victors in the latest of three attempts to select a bargaining agent for Brainerd teachers. BFT defeated its rival, Brainerd Education Assn., by a margin of 227 votes to 204 in balloting last night.

60 years ago (1959)

The Brainerd armory will see intense activity Dec. 10 and 11 as one of the state's largest collections of antiques will be placed on public auction. Most of the estate of the late Blanche Sherlund is old and rare dishes, silver, tapestries, pictures and furniture.

80 years ago (1939)

The jitterbug, a dance technique that has carried them to several dance titles in the area, will be exhibited by Don Sande and Gerry Bogganstos, 20-year-old Brainerd youngsters, at four cities during an 8-week tour starting today. The paid tour came from winning a contest at The Spotlite.

100 years ago (1919)

The coldest point this winter – 23 below zero – was attained last night by the government thermometer. Adding to the discomfort was a break in the high tension electric line leading from the Sylvan Dam. Brainerd's lights were out from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. City water pumps stopped.