FEBRUARY 10

20 years ago (2000)

Gov. Jesse Ventura, on a two-day, 13-city tour, stopped to talk about health at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. While there, Ventura confessed someone pledged to donate $5,000 to the fire department in Royalton, his previous stop, if he went into a bar called Mel's on 10. So he did, and had a cold beer while he was there.

30 years ago (1990)

Brainerd's Lance Hoff set a Monticello pool record of 57.34 in the 100-yard backstroke as the Warriors scored a 90-79 victory against the Redmen. Hoff' also won the 200 free. Other Brainerd winners were Steve Piepgras, Mark Schmitz, Sean Kaneski and Evan Kaneski. The 200 medley relay also triumphed.

40 years ago (1980)

Trailing by as much as 16 points in the third period, the Warrior boys put on a stirring rally to take the lead at 63-62, before a last second Alexandria basket gave it a 64-63 win. Their last matchup was won by Alex after three OTs. Guard Mike Brown had 14 assists setting up teammates, especially Dave Nord, who scored 26 points.

60 years ago (1960)

Brainerd was unable to defend its Central 6 conference wrestling title, managing just 4th place this year, but did manage to come up with three individual champs. Ron Alholm won at 98-pounds, Harry Borg had a surprise win at 141-pounds and Ron Kramer took the 148-pound title.

80 years ago (1940)

A proverbial handshake between the two towns that celebrate Paul Bunyan will occur this weekend when 300 locals board a special train to Bemidji to promote Brainerd's Paul Bunyan Exposition. It won't be a quiet trip either, as three local bands will join, led by our famous Ladies' Drum and Bugle Corps.

100 years ago (1920)

F.S. Workman, manager of the New Park Theatre, has printed these cards which are circulated among the audience: “Orders from the State Board of Health: Patrons in theatres and public places who are coughing and sneezing excessively will be requested to leave. Your cooperation will be appreciated.”