JANUARY 15

20 years ago (2000)

How Hwy 371 traffic will flow through Baxter brought private and public comment at Baxter city hall. MnDOT considers the highway a major artery to move traffic north and south, and does not want to add stop lights for local traffic. Businesses want to slow traffic down for convenient shopping.

30 years ago (1990)

The direction the nation should go in basic health care remains undecided after two years of study, according to Sen. Dave Durenberger. The Minn. Republican, a member of a commission studying the issue, spoke to health care professionals at St. Joseph's Medical Center as part of a 15-city state tour.

40 years ago (1980)

“Hey man, he's got an axe,” yelled a striker to police officers at the picket line at Larco Manufacturing. He was right, and it was wielded by a man who had come off a shift at the plant and found all the tires on his car slashed. A restraining order was issued barring the strikers from damaging property or intimidating workers.

60 years ago (1960)

Two young Brainerd men, ages 25 and 17, were picked up by Brainerd and Little Falls Police and the FBI for the armed robbery of the Janson Oil Co. station near Pierz. Police had a description of the car and the two men to work on. They had held Mrs. Janson at gunpoint while emptying the cash register.

80 years ago (1940)

A county grand jury will be convened tomorrow, the first in nearly two years, to consider the case of the 15-year-old rural Brainerd boy who confessed to shooting and killing his father. In another case it will hear testimony regarding the state audit of the Crosby-Ironton school district.

100 years ago (1920)

A mistake in proof reading caused an error to creep into the advertising copy of the B. Kaatz & Son store in our edition yesterday. Boys mackinaw coats, priced at $5.75 in the copy, were by mistake printed at 75 cents each.