20 years ago (2000)
Nearly 40 years in the making, the seven-mile Brainerd bypass is finally a reality at a cost of $14.1 million. The C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway grand opening was held yesterday with a host of speakers, led by Rep. Jim Oberstar. Clyde Anderson, son of the late governor, spoke on behalf of the family.
30 years ago (1990)
Brainerd waterskiers John and Renee Linn competed in the Midwest Regional Barefoot Tournament in Canton, Illinois. John was first in tricks, wakes and jumps, and was the overall boys' champion. Renee was first in wakes and second in tricks, and is the only female jumper in the Midwest.
40 years ago (1980)
(Adv.) The Loon Lake Tavern Presents: Direct from Nashville, “The Little Jimmy Dickens Show!” Saturday, Aug. 23rd, Two shows only – 7 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance and $6 at the door. The Loon Lake Tavern – 2 miles S. of Pequot Lakes, then 3 miles West on CR 107.
60 years ago (1960)
(Adv.) You asked for it! More top name entertainment at the “new” Bar Harbor Supper Club on Gull Lake. Aug. 15 – MGM recording artist “Blue Barron” with his Trio and Glee Club. Aug. 22-24 – Charlie Ventura, America's No. 1 saxophonist. Aug. 31 – Direct from the nation's finest supper clubs – it's the Four Freshmen.
80 years ago (1940)
A mattress for a single lad is sorely needed for a destitute family living near Brainerd. The family is living in a two-room shack and funds for a mattress are lacking. Anyone who can donate a mattress should call the county welfare office in the court house. Telephone 918.
100 years ago (1920)
Scout Car No. 1 of the Mississippi River Scenic Highway, driven by the assn. manager, arrived in the Twin Cities from Burlington, Iowa and left immediately for Brainerd. Its ultimate destination is Winnipeg, Canada. The trip started in New Orleans and is meant to show the viability of a driving trip from there to Winnipeg following the Mississippi River.