20 years ago (2000)
(Photo) Ronda Johnson, 15, of Brainerd, posed with her first deer as the firearms deer season opened. She downed the 7-point, 114-pound buck about five miles south of Brainerd, using a .30-.30 rifle at 70 yards. She was first to register a deer with Keith Glasgow at the Log Cabin in downtown Brainerd.
30 years ago (1990)
It could have been the state cross country ski meet instead of the cross country running meet at the Univ. of Minn. Golf course. But despite snowy conditions that saw spectators building snowmen, Turena Johnson ran to an 11th place finish for Brainerd, with teammate Jaime Mueller finishing 23rd.
40 years ago (1980)
The school board's efforts to slash the district budget over the next two years lost momentum yesterday as it wrestled – for the second time – with a proposal to start an all-day, alternate day, kindergarten program. Board member Don Thomas urged a study of how a daylong class would affect youngsters.
60 years ago (1960)
A former Brainerd resident, now living in Riverside, Calif., was found guilty of driving on a suspended license in municipal court this morning. Judge Robert Alderman fined him $100 or 30 days, but stayed the sentence provided the man left the state by December 31st.
80 years ago (1940)
Brainerd's largest theft in several years occurred last night as burglars took $140 in two break-ins. About $100 was taken from the Petroleum Oil Co. gas station at 7th and Washington, with the burglar entering and leaving through the window of the women's washroom. A man was seen leaving the YMCA at 5 a.m., and $42 was missing.
100 years ago (1920)
The recent cigarette robbery, one of the most daring in the annals of crime in Brainerd, has been solved. A woman living near 8th and Laurel Streets phoned police saying she thought bootleggers were at work. Police descended on the car and found not whiskey but cases of cigarettes. One man was captured and the other escaped, but is known.