FEBRUARY 9

20 years ago (2000)

When Kent Johnson's car broke through thin ice on Gull Lake, he didn't think he'd wake up in a hospital – he thought he was going to die. Saved from drowning by those nearby, he was unconscious and in critical condition. But he leaves the hospital tomorrow. He's still amazed he hit thin ice when it was 20-inches thick all around him.

30 years ago (1990)

Area resort owners, including Sherm Kavanaugh and Dutch Cragun have given a sharp response to an article in the Star-Tribune critical of Ski Gull financing. The article accused resorters of using charitable gambling proceeds to fund the hill to benefit their own winter resorts. The resorters point to 1,000 area 6th-graders who get free ski lessons each week.

40 years ago (1980)

Charges of harassment, vandalism and threats unfolded in court today as Larco Manufacturing sought a restraining order against its striking union. The Larco attorney called 11 witnesses who detailed threats against employees and their families, and against property of employees. The union called 10 rebuttal witnesses.

60 years ago (1960)

Seven guns and a pair of valuable binoculars were stolen in a break-in at the Walter “Cap” Maier home on Upper Mission Lake. He returned home on Sunday evening to find his screen door slashed, glass broken out of the main door and his gun cabinet broken into.

80 years ago (1940)

A guilty conscience aided lawmen when a 17-year-old Cold Spring youth walked into Sheriff Roy Wickland's office and admitted to auto theft. It seems that he and another lad had stolen a car in Cold Spring, left it on a Brainerd street and went home. But he couldn't live with himself, so he returned to Brainerd and confessed.

100 years ago (1920)

Twin children, age four months, died yesterday of pneumonia as did a 16-year-old boy. Additional cases are being reported. The state has ordered that doctors report to the local health officer daily at 9 a.m. of any new cases of flu and pneumonia. The Boilermakers Union dance has been postponed until after Lent.