OCTOBER 15

20 years ago (2000)

The smell of gunpowder from fireworks hovered in the air as the Warriors trimmed Little Falls 82-20 in conference football. In front of a parents night crowd, Brainerd scored on its first eight possessions to lead 55-6 at halftime. Coach Ron Stolski said the school record score came despite playing “everybody quite a bit.”

30 years ago (1990)

Construction on an 11,600-square-foot expansion at Zercom Corp. in Merrifield will be completed this week according to Jeff Zernov, president, who said it represents a $300,000 company investment. Zercom is a contract electronics manufacturer and employs 116 people.

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40 years ago (1980)

Local law enforcement officers are seeking five suspects in the early morning abduction of a Pequot lakes couple and their four children. The male was released in St. Paul and the woman and children were found later in an apartment. Officers originally delayed acting on a tip because it came from an intoxicated man.

60 years ago (1960)

The Warrior football team isn't noted for its passing attack, but sophomore QB Jerry (Chick) Lyscio showed up when it counted, completing seven of eight passes for 204 yards – and all four TDs – as Brainerd whipped Aitkin 27-14 to stay alive in the Central Six Conference race. Ahead 27-0 late in the game, Brainerd put in the reserves.

80 years ago (1940)

About 3,750 young men from the county – with 1,500 of them from Brainerd – will register tomorrow for the draft. All those ages 21 through 35 will sign up at their regular polling places. The group includes C. Elmer Anderson, at 29, the nation's youngest lieutenant governor, who will sign in at Nisswa.

100 years ago (1920)

The President has signed a pension bill with benefits to veterans who served in the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection. Police Chief Varner says the only veterans here are O.M. Risberg, Ezra Smith, Andy Nelson at the post office, a man living near the Gull Lake dam, and a man known as “Gunboat” Smith.

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