20 years ago (2000)

A former Brainerd resident now living in Florida may suddenly have a lot of friends back here this week. Michael Schmitz, a 1994 Brainerd high school grad, will appear on the TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” on Oct. 4. The show will be taped in the afternoon and shown that evening.

30 years ago (1990)

Officials of Target Stores confirmed today that they will build a store in Baxter, one of four they will build in the state next year. The site will be on Hwy 371 just north of Bonanza Restaurant. It will be a small market prototype design of 80,000 square feet and will employ about 150 full and part-time people.

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40 years ago (1980)

A new 80-bed nursing home and adjacent 60-unit apartment complex for Brainerd received initial approval by members of the regional health review agency on a 13-3 vote. The approval was for a proposal by the Helgeson Co. of Sartell. Moments later, the agency turned down a similar request by another firm by the same vote margin.

60 years ago (1960)

(Adv.) Based on the novel by James Michener, see “Sayonara,” at the Paramount Theatre, starring Marlon Brando and introducing new Japanese star Miiko Taka. At the Brainerd Theatre it's “The Crowded Sky,” starring Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Keenan Wynn and Troy Donahue.

80 years ago (1940)

Faced with a drastic shortage of manganese, war department officials may focus more attention on construction of a huge ore washing plant on the Cuyuna Range, which is noted for the quantity and quality of this mineral. It is used in the production of high-grade steel for making war armaments.

100 years ago (1920)

Figures based on the U.S. Government census give Crow Wing County a 1920 population of 24,566. This represents an increase of 7,705, or 45.7 percent, since the census of 1910.