20 years ago (2000)

How much it would cost to renovate the Gregory park fountain, and what it might look like, are still being discussed, but some numbers are clear. Hy-Tec Construction says it would cost $77,000 to refurbish the existing fountain. Cost to remove the old fountain and replace it with a new one could hit $109,000.

30 years ago (1990)

A school board committee has recommended that the district continue testing for radon gas – a leading cause of lung cancer – in five school buildings. Al Cibuzar of AW Research Labs said Nisswa School appears to exceed U.S. EPA radon standards, and four other schools – Garfield, Baxter, Riverside and Brainerd Vo-Tech – are close.

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40 years ago (1980)

Steve Rathke said today he will resist a court order to prosecute BIR for noise violations. In a heated response to Judge Clint Wyant's order the county attorney said the matter should be a civil action. The issue has been brought forward by members of the Long Lake Property Owners in what has been a long-running battle.

60 years ago (1960)

Youngsters in the Edgewood Addition produced a performance of “Alice in Wonderland” and turned over the $8.50 in proceeds to the YMCA Building fund drive. The play was performed in the W.J. McCollough garage at 164 Birchridge Drive, and was produced and directed by Greg Welsh and Buzz McCollough.

80 years ago (1940)

With electric consumption in Brainerd nearly tripling in the past ten years, construction of a new and enlarged substation was found necessary by Minn. Power & Light Co. The new sub-station is being constructed south of the city pumping station on Boom Lake.

100 years ago (1920)

That one can drive from Brainerd to Minneapolis at night in less than four hours was proven by a recent trip with Fred Cook driving, accompanied by George Moody and Vern Hitch. They motored from Brainerd to the Andrews Hotel in three hours, thirty minutes, but said they didn't see much scenery.