20 years ago (2000)
The Warrior football team has a reputation of a potent running offense. But when they ran for only 30 yards in the first half, QB Billy Tadych went to the air for 110 yards and two TD passes to Tim Siekas. Brainerd beat Coon Rapids 20-12 in its opener. Free safety Dan Karlgaard recovered a fumble and picked off two passes.
30 years ago (1990)
Larry Schwendeman's racing team brought champagne but Tim O'Brien's crew ended up drinking it. The two Brainerd racers entered the final night at North Central Speedway tied for the lead in Super Stock standings. The long-time friends battled it out, with O'Brien finishing five points ahead and with the champagne.
40 years ago (1980)
The 6th Annual International Northern Pike Tournament will be held on Sept. 19-21 on the Gull Lake chain. Entries are limited to 650 with a fee of $30. Fish must weigh at least six pounds and be alive at the weigh-in at Ron's Squaw Point Resort. More than $100,000 in prizes will be awarded.
60 years ago (1960)
The inexperienced Warrior football team – with just one returning starter from last year – lost its season opener at Coleraine, 24-13. Brainerd was behind 12-0 in the first quarter, and 24-0 going into the final period, before Russ Akre ran for a 45-yard TD, and QB Bob Rofidal plunged three yards for the final score.
80 years ago (1940)
Three persons were injured in fishing accidents while vacationing here over Labor Day. A man shoved a fishing pole through his cheek when he tripped and fell on it. A woman had the fin of a fish stuck in her hand and a doctor had to remove it. Another woman had a fish hook caught in her finger requiring a doctor's care.
100 years ago (1920)
Railroad engineer Russell was running late with No. 32 this morning and hurrying to make up time. His engine kicked up a rock near Brainerd, breaking his air line. Not dismayed, Russell whittled a wooden plug, fixed the leak and made it in on time. This story is told by the railyard crew, and so it should be accepted at face value.