OCTOBER 9

20 years ago (2000)

The Minn. Army National Guard repeated history today. The 1st Battalion, 194th Armor, which is headquartered at the Brainerd Armory, received 44 M1-A1 main battle tanks from Fort Hood, Texas. Thirty of the tanks were unloaded at Camp Ripley. The original Brainerd unit fought as a tank company in WWII in the Philippines.

30 years ago (1990)

Statewide talk about Brainerd's soap opera took a new twist today. A camera crew from a Twin Cities TV station came to film a plot that includes the mayor, a council member, the police chief, a female police officer alleging sexual harassment, charges by disgruntled police officers, charitable gambling and a secret meeting at the mayor's house.

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40 years ago (1980)

A determined Warrior girls' tennis team, disturbed by 4-3 losses they suffered at the hands of St. Cloud Tech and Apollo this season, defeated both those teams yesterday to claim the South Sub-Region 8AA title. Brainerd's top singles players, Sue Pettit and Carol Laimer, both rallied for wins in Brainerd's first-ever team win over Apollo.

60 years ago (1960)

A pair of Brainerd Highway Patrolmen, Earl Saign and Mel Dahlberg, spotted a car with two escapees from the St. Cloud Reformatory on Hwy 218 and gave chase. At high speed, Dahlberg leaned out the patrol car window and punctured a tire with a blast from his shotgun. The escapees were quickly captured.

80 years ago (1940)

A petition to remove the late Capt. Bill Fawcett's widow as executrix of his estate and revoke her $500 per month maintenance order was filed by Capt. Billy's four sons and one daughter. Mrs. Frances Fawcett, whom Capt. Billy married in 1935, signed a prenuptial agreement which would give her $200 a month for 10 years.

100 years ago (1920)

The Rexall drug store chain's straw poll of the presidential candidates shows northern, midwest and western states giving Harding 221,000 votes and Cox 107,000. In the south, Harding has 43,000 votes and Cox has 67,000. The local Johnson Rexall Pharmacy is one of the 8,000 Rexall stores nationwide.

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