FEBRUARY 18

20 years ago (2000)

With the help of a $75,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation, the cities of Brainerd, Baxter and Nisswa are working to enhance cultural arts, environmental stewardship and lifelong learning. A steering committee of 25 met with a cultural planning expert from Massachusetts during the past three days.

30 years ago (1990)

Death and taxes are certain things in life. Almost as certain is the Warrior gymnasts winning the Region 8AA title. Heavily favored Brainerd matched its school record of 144.1 to easily defeat St. Cloud Tech at 132.55. Going to state individually are Julie Beasley, Angie Johnson, Jenny Johnson, Nicole Kummet and Missy McCollough.

40 years ago (1980)

Eddie Webster, 52, well known owner of Eddie Webster's Restaurants in Bloomington, died over the weekend when his snowmobile broke through thin ice on the Rush-Crosslake channel. Four other snowmobilers – including a woman from Crosslake – also broke through, but were able to get back on the ice.

60 years ago (1960)

Fire Chief Ray Shortridge, chair of the March of Dimes polio drive, stresses the importance of everyone getting their series of four Salk vaccine shots. In 1959 the county had four new polio cases, two of them causing paralysis. There has been another case this year. The county fund drive goal is $6,000.

80 years ago (1940)

After leading the entire game, Brainerd dropped a conference basketball game to Bemidji last night, 30-28. Tied at 28-28 at the buzzer, the two teams played for two scoreless sudden-death OTs of three minutes each, until a long range shot sealed the win in the 3rd OT. Sophomore Gene Brandt led the Warriors with 17 points.

100 years ago (1920)

By order of Dr. E.F. Jamieson, Brainerd health officer, the ban on social gatherings has been lifted, effective tomorrow. The ban on these gatherings has been lifted because of the gradually decreasing list of deaths due to flu and pneumonia. There were no deaths reported in the past two days.