20 years ago (2000)
A Canadair CL-21 fire-fighting plane, on loan from the Province of Manitoba, will be stationed at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport. The air tanker is used only for fighting fires and swoops low over a lake and scoops up 1,400 gallons of water at a time in just 10 seconds.
30 years ago (1990)
(Adv.) Easter Brunch Buffet! Carved prime rib, ham, seafood au gratin, BBQ ribs, potatoes and gravy, scalloped potatoes, three kinds of salad, vegetables, breads, muffins, dessert and strawberries with hot fudge for dipping. Adults $9.95. Pauline's Restaurant – Behind Paul Bunyan.
40 years ago (1980)
(Adv.) Treat Yourself Good on Easter Weekend – Make That “Special” Good! Steak and Lobster Dinner - $8.99; Steak and Shrimp Dinner - $3.99; Steak and Chicken Dinner - $3.99. All include potato, Texas toast and salad bar. Bonanza Family Steakhouse – Hwy 371 North.
60 years ago (1960)
The irregularly shaped pond at Gregory Park, the scene of a near fatal drowning recently, has been ordered filled-in by the Park Board. The ornamental pond was once the pride of the board. The thick screen of trees around it will be thinned to increase security and public safety.
80 years ago (1940)
One more way of proving last winter was one of the mildest and driest on record goes beyond the weather bureau reports. Cost of keeping Brainerd's streets clear of snow was just one-third of what it was the previous winter. The figures are $2,250 this year compared to more than $7,000 last year.
100 years ago (1920)
Federal orders stopped the building of houses during the world war, and Brainerd has seen no resumption of building since the war ended. Rumor has it that Mrs. Emma Forsythe, prominent Northeast property owner, plans to build eight cottages as soon as construction costs moderate.