20 years ago (2000)

Parking spaces – from size of individual slots to total number of spaces – came before the Baxter city council as it discussed Menard's site plan. Council members were not in favor of shrinking spaces from 10 by 20 feet to 9 by 19. But they spoke of the possibility of dropping total spaces from 517 required by ordinance to about 400.

30 years ago (1990)

It was an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. For 90 minutes the county board, backed by its powerful legislative delegation, tried to convince the Minn. PCA to speed up its landfill permitting process. The agency wouldn't budge. As a result, the permit – which commissioners say should be a rubber stamp – won't be given until January.

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40 years ago (1980)

(Adv.) It's our “Catch of the Week” at Morey's Fish House! Smoked Lake Herring – Reg. $2.19 per pound – now just $1.99. Red Alaskan Sockeye Salmon – lb. $3.69. Look for the “Fish in the Sky.” located at Hwy 371 N. - Brainerd, and Hwy 10 – Motley.

60 years ago (1960)

The YMCA fund drive toward building a new $350,000 facility at 6th and Oak Streets hit a new total of $288,300 as of yesterday. Solicitations continue and pledges are still coming in. The Moose Lodge, currently building a new club in Baxter, gave $500, and Women of the Moose gave $125.

80 years ago (1940)

(Edit.) Brainerd's police problem is talked about aplenty but is never subjected to action. Brainerd doesn't have enough policemen for the size of the city – just six officers and a chief for a city of 12,000. The average U.S. city our size has one officer per 1,000 people; Brainerd has just over one-half per 1,000. And that doesn't account for our many tourists.

100 years ago (1920)

After operating for two weeks near Big Lake, the McCree Moos Co. paving crew of St. Paul broke the world record by laying 1,766 square yards of cement paving in a single 10-hour work day. This is the same company laying cement on Oak Street from the Four Mile Corner to meet the paving already in place at Brainerd.