DECEMBER 15

20 years ago (1999)

Crow Wing County is likely to have an administrator by spring. Yesterday commissioners voted 4-1, with John Ferrari opposed, to establish the office. The move was no surprise as commissioners have discussed it before, but they were uncomfortable with the changes it will bring for Auditor Roy Luukkonen.

30 years ago (1989)

A sequel to the BITC saga seems to be taking shape. Nor-Son, Inc. is suing the city of Brainerd and the Brainerd EDA for $219,357 worth of work on the BITC facilities, saying it extended its resources on the project because of promises made to it by the city and the EDA.

40 years ago (1979)

Coach Roger Nibbe's Warrior girls' basketball team found out where the power lies in Region 8AA. Up against coach Jerry Cool's Little Falls team, Brainerd trailed 28-0 after one quarter on the way to a 71-38 blasting. Brainerd managed to fight back somewhat after turning to a pressing defense.

60 years ago (1959)

The Northwest Paper Co. Foundation (the company has a mill in Brainerd) told the Crow Wing State Park Assn. it will donate $1,500 when the group raises $13,500. A total of $15,000 is needed to match a state grant of $15,000 to develop the park. The group has raised $6,500 thus far.

80 years ago (1939)

A Pillager resident who served under the British flag in WWI, today began a trip that will take him to Europe to fight for his native Finland. Lauri Walto, 46, will join other U.S. citizens who are responding to the Russian invasion of Finland. Walto saw active fighting for England in WWI.

100 years ago (1919)

Ray Anderson, who was shot in the back by two boys trying to shoot out a tail light on the auto in which he was riding, is recovering nicely. He will now take his long delayed trip to Canada. Sheriff Theorin is taking the two boys to the Red Wing Training School, to which they were sentenced.