FEBRUARY 6

20 years ago (2000)

Time hasn't mellowed Irene Johnson. Confined to a nursing home bed with a variety of ailments, the long-time fluoridation foe remembers the day 20 years ago when the switch was flipped to put fluoride in Brainerd's water. At the mention of the judge who ordered the fluoride, Johnson said, “That old goat. I hope he had gallstones.”

30 years ago (1990)

The advisory committee didn't always agree during their 17 meetings, but they reached a joint conclusion – the school district needs help. The Feb. 13 referendum has two questions: Should the district spend $14.1 million on a new junior high and $5.9 million on renovations? Second, should it spend $5.5 million on an auditorium.

40 years ago (1980)

The long-quiet strike at Larco Manufacturing in Brainerd heated up again this morning as there were reports of vandalism to two vehicles at employee homes. Employee Peggy Sterling had all four tires slashed, her windshield and driver's window broken. Terry Hines had two tires slashed. This is the first violence since the first few days of the Jan. 13 strike.

60 years ago (1960)

A dash of verve, as supplied by guard John Boeder, was all the Warriors needed to get out of the doldrums. A lethargic first half, following Brainerd's only loss of the season – to C-I last week – was broken by 48 second-half points against Aitkin. Boeder with 21, and Jim Isle with 15, led Brainerd's 74-41 win over the Gobblers.

80 years ago (1940)

A Brainerd man, already crippled by illness, was in a Little Falls hospital today after being beaten by a Morrison County farmer in an altercation over purchase of a used car. Another Brainerd man, who had accompanied the crippled fellow, ran three miles to Randall to notify police. The farmer is in jail.

100 years ago (1920)

The members of Brainerd Homestead No. 602, Brotherhood of American Yeomen, celebrated the 23rd anniversary of their organization at Citizens State Bank Hall. A large class was initiated followed by a banquet and dance. There was a large attendance.