APRIL 1

20 years ago (2000)

Technically the Sons of Norway are outlaws. By state law, any food not prepared in or served from a state-approved kitchen is a no-no at public gatherings. So their recent potluck – with tables groaning under an assortment of dishes – was a violation. But no inspectors showed up.

30 years ago (1990)

A porcupine moved into Dick Rezanka's garage, and so far is winning. But that's one of the few times that the Pine River football coach has lost a contest. His 161-68-8 record is moving him into the state coaches Hall of Fame. He still remembers in his first year having to give kids a ride home after practice.

40 years ago (1980)

The two rival taxi companies in Brainerd aren't just competing, they're in a small scale feud. The owner of Brainerd Taxi accuses the owner of Rapid Taxi of wanting to fight her drivers and of tearing down signs bearing phone numbers. Police say the reverse is happening, as well.

60 years ago (1960)

A half-time barber will soon be needed at the Brainerd State Hospital. This is a Civil Service position that pays $260 per month for full time. Administrators realize this will be hard to fill but are hoping that a retired barber looking to supplement his Social Security income might work.

80 years ago (1940)

The Nisswa Commercial Club, under guidance of new president Martin Dullum, looked forward to a record membership of 200 for 1940, compared to 159 last year. The club announced it had completed plans to place electric beacons on the rock reefs on Gull Lake to protect speed boats.

100 years ago (1920)

At 11 p.m. tonight, when the Elks Lodge has finished its initiation ceremonies for 50 candidates, the entire lodge and visitors will march from the Citizens State Bank Hall to the New Park Theatre to see a performance of “The Mimic World.” This will be followed by an exhibition boxing match.