DECEMBER 10

20 years ago (1999)

A 77-year-old man pulled a woman from the path of a freight train after her motorized chair got stuck on the tracks at Verndale. The woman's chair was stuck and she couldn't rock it off the tracks. The man leaped from his car, and tipped the chair over with the woman in it just as the train arrived. Both were uninjured.

30 years ago (1989)

As a 7-year-old, Robyn Abear was reluctant to step onto ice. But she quickly enjoyed it when she joined the Vacationland Figure Skating Club. Now, at age 17, she has put in thousands of hours of practice to become a U.S. Figure Skating Assn. double gold medalist – its highest honor.

40 years ago (1979)

A determined thief hit the same liquor store twice last night, after he accidentally broke the fruits of his first break-in. He hit the Cork and Bottle Liquor Store at 10:55 p.m., stealing several bottles of wine. He told police he fell, breaking most of the bottles, so went back at 12:30 a.m. and stole more wine.

60 years ago (1959)

Three young women were injured when the car they were riding in plunged down “Big Sevy” hill at 7th and Vine Streets. The car, which was described as a total loss, plunged more than 50 feet to the bottom of the well-known sliding hill, and struck an oak tree 12 feet above the ground.

80 years ago (1939)

Trailing until the final minute of play, the Warrior basketball team won their opening game of the season when Gus Novotney's shot from far out-court split the meshes for a 23-22 win over Wadena. Over 1,500 fans screamed themselves hoarse as the wild game was contested.

100 years ago (1919)

Coal shortages have cut passenger train service on the M&I Railroad and now the NP Railroad has had to drop a train out of Brainerd. Coal dealers here have scant supplies but are following government rationing rules. If a blizzard stops coal trains, Brainerd will suffer severely.