JANUARY 16

20 years ago (2000)

She's become an institution in the lakes area, much like she has at St. Joseph's Medical Center where she's worked for 28 years. Sister Vivian Arts will retire on Feb. 8, which also happens to be her 80th birthday. She started countless important services at the hospital and was named Citizen of the Year in 1996.

30 years ago (1990)

Jon Main, former Baxter mayor and longtime state trooper, has announced his candidacy for county sheriff in the fall. Main said he's starting early to give voters a chance to get acquainted with him and his ideas. Sheriff Frank Ball said he will again be a candidate and expects others to join the field.

40 years ago (1980)

Brainerd's civil service commission denied attempts to demote Police Sgt. Glen Knight to patrolman and lowered a planned suspension from 30 days to 7. This represents another step in ongoing dissension at the police department. Knight and Acting Chief Ken Bjerkness agreed to “bury the hatchet.”

60 years ago (1960)

Jim Isle stepped forward for Warrior basketball as Brainerd walloped Little Falls 69-46 for their 8th straight win. He not only led scoring with 15 points, but held high-scoring Louie Eich in check with just 12 points. Brainerd has been voted the No. 1 team in the state by basketball coaches.

80 years ago (1940)

An amateur boxing card is set for tomorrow night in the C-I school gym. Promoted by the Ironton American Legion, ticket prices are 35 and 55 cents. The featured bout will pit C-I's well-known “Bull Montana” George Lubovich, 194 pounds, against Brainerd's Russ “Fat” Fitzsimmons at 240.

100 years ago (1920)

Constitutional prohibition – the dream of reformers for more than a century – goes into effect nationwide at one minute after midnight tonight. A force of 1,400 special agents will enforce the law, known as the Volstead Act. Brainerd, being in Indian treaty territory, has been dry for several years.