JANUARY 24

20 years ago (2000)

Clayton Eisel is retiring on January 31 after more than 40 years with the county highway department. The last 18 of those years were spent as maintenance supervisor. His fellow employees are holding a retirement open house at the highway department office on January 28, 1-5 p.m. with the public welcome.



30 years ago (1990)

In three quick votes the Minn. PCA cleared the way for building the MacMillan Bloedel wood products plant near Deerwood. The first was 5-2 not to require an environmental impact statement. The second was 5-2 not to contest timber harvest effects. The last was 7-0 to issue the construction permits.



40 years ago (1980)

A newly-formed “Action Group” for the handicapped met at Brainerd Community College, aimed at airing challenges faced by the handicapped. Neva Williams, coordinator for handicapped students at the college, said this first meeting was centered on transportation barriers for the handicapped.



60 years ago (1960)

A 12-foot turnaround jumper by sophomore center Dale Brown with 9 seconds remaining made Brainerd fans delirious, caused two cheerleaders to faint and sent St. Cloud Tech to their home locker room on the short end of a 59-58 Warrior victory. It was their 10th straight win as Brainerd remains unbeaten.



80 years ago (1940)

A district court jury found Floyd Devilbiss, 15, guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his father after deliberating 21 hours. The boy's defense had talked of the father's beating of his wife, threatening her with a razor, and drunkenness and infidelity. The jury attached a petition for leniency to the verdict.



100 years ago (1920)

The jury was out four hours in a case before Judge Wright involving the first degree manslaughter charge against George Bennett of Cuyuna. They found him guilty of shooting his wife when he mistook her for a deer in the twilight. Oscar Rono, charged with him, was found not guilty and discharged.