20 years ago (2000)

Brainerd voters will have a chance to decide whether the city should spend an estimated $7 million on a new public safety building in this fall's election. The current law enforcement center shared with the county has 20 Brainerd police officers sharing just four cubicles. And the break room is a picnic table in the garage.

30 years ago (1990)

The city's Personnel and Finance Committee concluded there was no wrongdoing when the city made purchases from Mayor Bob Olson's hardware store, but made no comment about PUC hiring practices. Councilman Denny Martin said city officials need to “cool their jets,” and let administrator Dan Vogt run the city.

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40 years ago (1980)

(Adv.) TGIF – Make every Friday night a Harold's Club habit! Sept. 26th Specials: Steamed Shrimp in the shell – all you can eat - $6.50; Steak Sandwich - $5.25; ½ Chicken - $5.25. On Saturday, dance to Virg and the Eldoradoes. Harold's Club – Hwys 210 & 371 West – Brainerd.

60 years ago (1960)

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24, the old post office on S. 6th Street served its last customers and closed down. Postmaster Joe Dunn supervised the move over the weekend to the new federal building at 5th and Laurel Streets, which opened for business today.

80 years ago (1940)

(Adv.) These 16 stores think Brainerd is a “Boomtown.” Participate in their contest and you could win tickets to the big MGM hit movie “Boom Town,” now playing for five days at the Paramount Theatre. An all-star cast features Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr.

100 years ago (1920)

M.E. Ryan has formed a law partnership with his son, Clement A. Ryan, for the general practice of law under the firm name of M.E. and C.A. Ryan. M.E. Ryan has practiced here since 1903. His son graduated from St. John's Univ. and the St. Paul College of Law. He has been with the legal department of the NP Railway Co.