20 years ago (2000)

The board of the Northland Arboretum would like to expand its services and make the wooded park north of the Westgate Mall more open to the public. The county board agreed yesterday to put a question on the fall ballot for the arb. If passed by voters, the county could levy $100,000 a year to support the arboretum.

30 years ago (1990)

Kenneth Stone, a nationally recognized expert on Wal-Mart stores, and their effect on communities when they open, says smaller community stores shouldn't try to compete head-to-head with the retail giant. And a Wal-Mart spokesperson says she agrees. Sell complementing merchandise instead. Wal-Mart will open in Baxter next year.

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40 years ago (1980)

No American G.I. worth his salt came home from war without a souvenir. The trouble for Skip Rudquist of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office is that some souvenirs were explosive, like grenades and mortar rounds. After intensive training at Redstone Arsenal, Rudquist's job is to blow up these war relics safely, as well as old dynamite.

60 years ago (1960)

An agreement for a 50-year city property lease at the junction of Hwys 218 and 210 was approved by the city council for local mortician John Nelson. He agrees to build a mortuary within six months worth at least $40,000 and will pay a $25 monthly fee. The property will be taxed as personal property.

80 years ago (1940)

William Garrett, drum major here for three years, will attend Charleston (Illinois) Teachers College where Rudolph Anfinson, former band director here, is in charge. Garrett has won cups and prizes for every drum major competition he has ever entered. He was the only drum major from the state to get an “A” rating in national competition.

100 years ago (1920)

(Adv.) Used Cars – We Buy and Sell Them! Five-passenger Overland, six cylinder with Continental motor - $700; Buick roadster - $50; Allen, five-passenger touring car - $450; Also available: Studebaker, seven-passenger touring car and two, five-passenger Ford touring cars. Bane Auto Co.