20 years ago (2000)

Growth is pushing tenant-landlord issues to the forefront in Brainerd. The current vacancy rate here is just 2 percent, and the availability of decent rental housing has been an issue here for years. And there are always the tenants who give everyone a black eye, like those recently evicted leaving a $10,000 cleanup mess behind them.

30 years ago (1990)

The bottle outlasted the tree. On April 29, 1912, 8th-grade students at Lowell planted a tree and beside it buried a bottle with a class roster. The tree later died and the bottle forgotten, but was discovered yesterday. Only one of the class is still alive, age 94. The class named the tree “Titanic,” after the ship that had gone down two weeks earlier.

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40 years ago (1980)

A 9-13 walleye hooked in Gull Lake yesterday won the 3rd Annual St. Paul Dispatch – Pioneer Press Walleye Contest for Gary Fors of Burnsville, who fishes for Lindy-Little Joe Tackle. He came from fifth place to edge Bob Collette, representing Nisswa Bait Shop. Collette, however, caught the largest walleye in tournament history, at 11-10, on Saturday.

60 years ago (1960)

Sportsmen from at least a dozen area organizations met at the Little Falls Legion Club where they turned thumbs down on a proposed rifle season at Camp Ripley this year. But the bow hunting season opens Oct. 1, and more than 1,500 archers are expected. For the first time, hunters may camp inside the gate at Ripley.

80 years ago (1940)

The large, unusually colored bats found by Ellsworth “Red” Young in the barn on his farm at Fort Ripley are swamp, or “bull” bats which inhabit cypress swamps in the southern U.S., said the Dept. of Wildlife in Washington, DC. The bats do not migrate, so how they got here is a mystery.

100 years ago (1920)

The 800,000 gallon water reservoir of the city, located on the south side, has been tested with 400,000 gallons and no leaks detected. The 300,000 gallon bowl of the new water tower will be tested soon but the date is not known. The test will not interfere with regular pumping of city water.