20 years ago (2000)

Rep. Steve Wenzel, Little Falls, announced yesterday that he will introduce legislation that would ban or restrict the use of commercial signs and billboards along most of the new C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway (Brainerd bypass). An informational hearing is set for Sept. 7 in Barrows.

30 years ago (1990)

As summer draws to a close, three Brainerd area softball teams will be playing in national tournaments. Bob's Building Supply and Apple Bar qualified for the co-rec Natl. Softball Assn. World Series at Oshkosh, Wisc. Butcher Block will instead compete in the Natl. American Softball Invitational in Kansas City.

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40 years ago (1980)

A series of public meetings, including two in Brainerd, are set for September as part of a plan to designate the Upper Mississippi as a Wild and Scenic River. Six stretches of land between Lake Itasca and Little Falls would be included. Certain to cause the most controversy is the question of land acquisition.

60 years ago (1960)

Chuck Chalberg has retained his men's golf title at the Brainerd Country Club after a 2-1 victory in the 36-hole final against Skeeto Peterson in a see-saw match. Chalberg was four up after 18 before Peterson slowly cut the lead to go one up at the 32-hole mark. Chalberg sealed the match with a birdie on the 35th hole.

80 years ago (1940)

One of the largest lakeshore transactions in Minnesota in many years was closed today when Gull Lake Shores Co. bought 30,000 feet from the estate of T.W. Harrison. The deal includes 15,000 feet of frontage on Wilson Bay, 8,000 feet on Steamboat Bay and the 35-acre Birch Island, largest in Gull Lake.

100 years ago (1920)

At 6 p.m. last evening, Lt. Salisbury landed his hydroplane on Gull Lake to the cheers of scores of cottage dwellers on Squaw Point. After a short stop he flew to Rocky Point, where he tied up and enjoyed a chicken dinner. For two days he will give free seaplane rides sponsored by the Northern Home Furnishing Co. of Brainerd.