NOVEMBER 17

20 years ago (2000)

Dick Endres, who founded Camp Confidence in 1976, is one of 11 Minnesotans who will be honored today with a human service award from the McKnight Foundation. The award goes to “unsung heroes,” who go out of their way to help others without expecting anything in return. Each award comes with a check for $7,500.

30 years ago (1990)

Leading 14-0 early in the third quarter, the Warriors appeared on their way to a berth in the state football finals. Then Elk River staged a comeback, scoring 20 points – including two TDs in the final 3-1/2 minutes – for a 20-14 win. The Elks switched from a passing game in the first half to a successful running game in the second.

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40 years ago (1980)

While investigating the recent shooting of a deer hunter, the sheriff's office and DNR discovered a four-member deer poaching ring responsible for killing 16 deer. As an added surprise, officers discovered one of the men was responsible for the shotgun holdup of Taco Johns restaurant in Brainerd on Oct. 15.

60 years ago (1960)

The cast of the junior class play at Washington High School showed their poise when a fire alarm twice interrupted their performance last night. The first alarm cleared the auditorium of cast and audience in the second act. During the second alarm, during the third act, the cast froze in position on stage until it was turned off, then continued.

80 years ago (1940)

(Photo) This piece of equipment, owned by Roth and Son contractors, is normally used for gravel and bituminous work during road construction. But city engineer R.T. Campbell said it is being used for the first time to clear up mountains of snow left by the Armistice Day Blizzard. The rotating string of buckets fills a truck in two minutes.

100 years ago (1920)

Archie Purdy, well known Brainerd businessman, died yesterday at his home on Oak Street. He served 14 years on the city council and eight on the school board, of which he was treasurer. He owned a livery stable on Laurel Street, and when it burned down, the vacant lots became the site of the Lively Auto Co.

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