OCTOBER 19

20 years ago (2000)

Timing is everything. A water bomber airplane arrived yesterday at the Brainerd airport and only three hours later was needed to combat a large grass fire just south of Brainerd on Oak Ridge Road. The water bomber, a Canadian CL-215, can fly low over a lake and scoop up 1,400 gallons of water in just eight seconds.

30 years ago (1990)

When the Saturday Evening Post magazine arrived at her childhood home, Kathy Porwall was first to grab it, not for the reading, but for the nostalgic Norman Rockwell covers. She often paints from historic photographs, capturing nostalgia on canvas. Her work is now on display at the Evelyn Mathies Studio.

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40 years ago (1980)

An Edina man escaped with minor burns after he kicked his way out of a flaming truck, according to the State Patrol. He went off Hwy 18 west of the state hospital after his pickup blew a tire and rolled over several times. The driver was soaked with gasoline from the truck's broken gas tank.

60 years ago (1960)

A big reduction in bow hunters over the weekend, apparently due to seasons opening in two state parks, saw only five deer taken from Camp Ripley. Game biologist Walt Petraborg said just five deer were taken – two Saturday and three Sunday – but the total for October was 159, the highest on record.

80 years ago (1940)

(Photo) “And these weren't all of them” was the remark of three local hunters who traveled 1,150 miles to Saskatchewan, Canada for a two-week hunting trip. Ben Pulkrabek, Clem Ryan and Don Ryan came back with ducks, ten geese, prairie chicken and Hungarian partridge. More Huns were spotted then any of them had seen before.

100 years ago (1920)

At last night's city council meeting, there was a reading of Alfred Sauvageau's letter stating that on Oct. 4 he drove his Ford along Pine Street near 14th and met a loaded hay wagon. While passing it he says he went into a hole and did $16 damage to his car. He charges the city with negligence and wants it to pay for the damage.

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