20 years ago (2000)

Next week the city will smoke test sanitary sewers to try to pinpoint areas where flaws may allow rainwater to enter the system. The non-toxic smoke is pushed through the sewers by fans and will escape at any breaks. Residents with seldom-used floor drains are urged to run water in them to keep smoke out of their houses.

30 years ago (1990)

Hopefully, sophomore Terena Johnson won't pursue a career as a weather forecaster. She was unfazed running through the rain and cold to quickly gain the lead and coast to a win in the Brainerd Invitational in a time of 11:53. Warrior Jamie Mueller was second. “I love this kind of weather,” Johnson said.

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40 years ago (1980)

(Adv.) Our newly remodeled bar and lounge is open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. with premium bar liquors at no extra charge. We have popcorn, peanuts and our own roast beef sandwiches. Entertainment six nights a week: Coming Soon – “Steve Hall and Southbound 76,” one of Brainerd's finest local bands. The Blue Ox.

60 years ago (1960)

Fred Fleischer of south Brainerd appeared at last night's council meeting and asked how he could “hook on to the sewer” for a house he is building. He was told his house was on an unplatted lot and that he built it without a permit. Fleischer refused to have the land platted and said the former owner's request for a plat was refused “out of spite.”

80 years ago (1940)

Lt. Gov. C. Elmer Anderson isn't the only public servant young enough to have to register for the draft. Acting Police Chief Louis Rofidal, at 32 the youngest member of the police force, rose at dawn to register at Lincoln School at 7 a.m. When razzed about being so young, Rofidal said to save that for Anderson, who is younger at 29.

100 years ago (1920)

The bonus committee of the Brainerd American Legion is making a complete report on approved claims for Brainerd ex-service men. They will pass the list to local banks that have bought bonus bonds and will pay them out. An estimated 450 men are in the Brainerd district, and the average bonus claim is $200.