FEBRUARY 16

20 years ago (2000)

The city council voted 4-2 to proceed with plans for a southern route for the sewer connection between East Gull Lake and Brainerd. The cost would be $1.6 million, with East Gull covering 80 percent of it. It would also pay Brainerd a charge per gallon of sewage to be treated. An alternate northern route would have cost $2.2 million.

30 years ago (1990)

Three years after skirting bankruptcy, the Brainerd Family YMCA is well on the road to recovery. In August of 1986 it was discovered the Y was $186,000 in debt. President Tom Isle and executive director Carol Miller say the debt is down to $60,700 now and the operation is solidly in the black.

40 years ago (1980)

Reaction to the Dispatch's promotion of paying its payroll in $2 bills has brought a mixed reaction. Some merchants say they are a nuisance since cash registers don't have a slot for them. Others are joining in, passing them on in change to customers. Several businesses say Brainerd should become known as “the $2 bill city.”

60 years ago (1960)

The state aeronautics commissioner says the state will urge the Civil Aeronautics Board to continue airline service to Brainerd and three other cities. The cities are being served on a temporary basis by North Central Airlines. All have shown a healthy increase in passenger numbers over the last four years.

80 years ago (1940)

If they'd polled the crowd of 3,500, Russ Fitzsimmons, 17, Brainerd heavyweight, would be going to the finals of the Northwest Golden Glove tourney. But the three judges gave a narrow decision to defending champ, Ted Vander Vorste. The Minneapolis crowd booed so loudly and for so long that the next bout was held up for some time.

100 years ago (1920)

The Northwestern Improvement Co., which holds many mineral leases on the south part of the Cuyuna Range, has surrendered two more leases. One is the Rowley Mine in Crow Wing Twp., where they paid ore royalties for nine years. Mining at the Rowley started several years ago but was stopped before shafts were complete.