20 years ago (2000)
Additional work force reductions are expected at Potlatch, which operates a paper mill at Brainerd. The company cut 300 salaried positions in May, with 16 of those at Brainerd. The Potlatch printing paper division lost $13.8 million in 1999, compared with earnings of $14.2 million in 1998 and $33.4 million in 1997.
30 years ago (1990)
The Brainerd Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Heartland Animal Rescue Team to board 10 cats at its current headquarters on Washington Street. HART originally wanted to board five dogs as well, but this was dropped as neighbors opposed the permit for odor, noise and health concerns.
40 years ago (1980)
A Brainerd school board committee has recommended about $91,000 in program cuts, in the first of a series of meetings to trim up to $830,000 from the budget per year over the next two years. More than a third of the cuts – at $33,000 – were to junior and senior high athletic programs, which reduced athletic expenses by 33 percent.
60 years ago (1960)
Dedication of the new $600,000 federal building and post office at 5th and Laurel Streets was held today. Congressman Fred Marshall spoke and local military recruiters raised the new 50-star flag. The building was designed by Brainerd architects McNutt and Hendrickson, and general contractor was the McDonald Co. of Brainerd.
80 years ago (1940)
(Photo) Directed by Gerald McKay, Washington High School band instructor, and with eight Brainerd youths among its players, the State FFA Band will play at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Nov. 9-14. Bill Garrett, Brainerd, is drum major of the 100-piece band. It will play a 15-minute nationwide concert over the NBC Radio network.
100 years ago (1920)
The state fire marshal may investigate the fire that destroyed the Joncas Sawmill in Northeast Brainerd. The mill had been shut down Saturday morning and the fires in the boilers had died out by 1 p.m. Nonetheless, the mill burned to the ground on Sunday morning. If the mill rebuilds, there is hope the city will run a water pipe to aid in fire protection.