FEBRUARY 12

20 years ago (2000)

The Brainerd boys' hockey team outshot St. Cloud Tech by a mammoth 42-16 margin, yet needed an OT goal by Tim Conboy to earn a ragged 5-4 victory. The streaking Warriors, whose record now stands at 17-3-1, won their seventh straight game. Brainerd blew leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3 before the OT clincher.

30 years ago (1990)

Growing pains, says Mesaba Aviation. Growing tired of excuses, say passengers in Brainerd. Mesaba, which operates as Northwest Airlink, has had problems since expanding into Detroit. Airport administrator John Puckropp says No. 1 complaint is late flights. Twenty-seven percent are late, meaning missed connections in Minneapolis.

40 years ago (1980)

Randy Bush, former Brainerd police officer, may be gone, but he's not forgotten – at least by the state. They notified the city that it must pay Bush unemployment compensation, this despite the fact that he and the city had settled “all claims” with a lump sum payment of $4,967. He could get $133 a week for 16 weeks.

60 years ago (1960)

The fund to establish Crow Wing State Park continues to grow, with recent contributions bringing it to $10,355. Fund chairman Charles Halsted said that, with Northwest Paper Co.'s pledge for the final $1,500, they only need to raise $3,145 more. The $15,000 local fund will match the state's $15,000 to establish the park.

80 years ago (1940)

Bouncing back after five straight losses, the Warriors handed Aitkin a 35-26 loss in a hard fought, roughly played game. The two teams committed 16 fouls in the first quarter alone, and produced a total of 35 for the game. Gus Novotney was Brainerd's driving force as he managed 14 points as high scorer for both teams.

100 years ago (1920)

Now that prohibition is upon the country, only physicians may prescribe intoxicating liquors or wines for patients. The rules say the physician must be licensed and in active practice, and may not prescribe more than one pint every 10 days. There is no limit on wine. Prescriptions must be filled by a licensed pharmacist.