FEBRUARY 14

20 years ago (2000)

The Brainerd Varsity Dance Team – the Kixters – are the Section 3A high kick champions and will advance to state at the U of Minn.'s Williams Arena. “After watching our competition, I felt we would win,” said coach Cindy Clough. “I hope we can make it through the prelims and into the final six at state.”

30 years ago (1990)

School district voters turned out in record numbers to defeat a $25.5 million bond issue by a decisive margin. Despite bitterly cold weather, more than 50 percent of eligible voters turned down a new junior high and renovations by 5,757 to 3,204, and said “no” to an auditorium by 6,135 to 2,747.

40 years ago (1980)

When Roseann Caughey predicted her baby would probably be the first to be delivered at home by an ambulance crew, she was only joking. Except she wasn't. Last night the joke came true when an ambulance crew delivered her twins – boy and girl – at her home. Owner Terry Moberg said this was a first in his 15 years with Brainerd Ambulance.

60 years ago (1960)

Big-shouldered John Emerson, a state tournament hero for Brainerd in 1958, is suddenly a vital force in the MIAC college basketball race. After transferring from the U. of Minn., he's helped Gustavus win four straight games, the latest being a victory over undefeated Hamline. Emerson scored 27 points in one victory.

80 years ago (1940)

Russ Fitzsimmons of the Brainerd Golden Gloves team, and biggest man in the Northwest Tournament in Minneapolis, has moved to the semifinals. The 250-pound Washington High School junior knocked out Cliff Speese of Huron, S. Dakota in the second round of their heavyweight bout.

100 years ago (1920)

The thermometer took a decided tumble last night and struck a chilly reading of 23 below zero. In the morning, switch engines were puffing in the rail yards and had hard work moving frozen trains.