20 years ago (2000)
Football coach Mike Degen said that Central Lakes College wouldn't take visiting Itasca lightly, saying that the 0-7 team was better than its record. But the Raiders committed nine turnovers, making Itasca unbeatable in an 18-0 shutout win. A contributing factor was CLC's starting QB Matt Yde, being knocked out of the game after four plays.
30 years ago (1990)
After questions were raised about the city purchasing items from Mayor Bob Olson's hardware store, councilman Todd Thompson asked for a legal opinion on whether that applied to subcontractors. Told it did, Thompson immediately resigned, saying his business – Thompson Concrete – and employees had to come first for him.
40 years ago (1980)
A military investigation into the Oct. 12th detonation of an explosive device that a youth found at Camp Ripley has led to closing that facility to outsiders and the cancellation of bow hunting set to open this weekend. The DNR said 3,000 hunters holding bow permits should hold them in case a special season is held in December.
60 years ago (1960)
Directors of the Northwest Paper Co. Foundation announced today that they will contribute a three-year pledge of $25,000 toward the new YMCA building planned at 6th and Oak Streets. This brings the total to date to $321,000 of the $350,000 goal. Fund drive directors say 997 pledges have been made thus far.
80 years ago (1940)
Col. Henry Mills of Brainerd, commander of the First Service Regiment of Minnesota's new home defense force, will confer tonight with Maj. Gen. E.A. Walsh, state adjutant general. Mills will join with four other regimental commanders in going over details of defense after the National Guard goes into active service in January.
100 years ago (1920)
At long last the Water and Light Board has received its long delayed shipment of street lighting bulbs, and last night the city flashed out a royal welcome. It is believed every light was burning. Some sections of the city, dark for two years, demonstrated with as much excitement as when Haley's Comet lit the sky.