20 years ago (2000)
Quietly, with no fanfare, one of central Minnesota's greatest resources celebrated its 100th birthday. The 8,753-acre Pillsbury State Forest west of Gull Lake, the state's oldest, was established in 1900 when former governor John Pillsbury donated 990 acres. It was the site of the state's first tree nursery and first fire tower.
30 years ago (1990)
Warrior senior defensive end Keith Bartholomaus has been named to the Star Tribune All-State football team. Through the section finals he had 97 tackles and 14 sacks. Brainerd volleyball player Chris Langer was named to the Class AA academic all-state volleyball team, chosen by the state coaches association.
40 years ago (1980)
(Adv.) Start Thanksgiving Here! Frozen Turkeys – 10 to 24 pounds – lb. 79 cents; California Large Avocados – 2 for 79 cents; U.S. No. 1 Fresh Hams – lb. 39 cents; Standing Rib Roast – lb. $2.69; Folger's Coffee – 3 lb. Can $6.99; Large Size Calif. Celery – 59 cents. Schaefer's Model Market.
60 years ago (1960)
A pioneer of Pine Beach on Gull Lake, Chester Start, has died in Kansas City. Start was a partner with John Harrison in developing the Pine Beach peninsula, and they opened the first nine holes of the Pine Beach Golf Club in 1925, and the second nine in 1926. They sold the land for the first resort, Island View Lodge, now owned by E.B. Curry.
80 years ago (1940)
Brainerd's own National Guard unit, known as Co. A of the 194th Tank Battalion, will accept no enlistments after Nov. 30, according to Capt. E.B. Miller, commanding. The local unit, which will go to Fort Lewis, Wash. for a year's training, will be among 100,000 guardsmen nationwide who will mobilize after Jan. 3, 1941.
100 years ago (1920)
Giles O'Brien voyaged to Brainerd yesterday with the aviator Walter Hallgren, leaving Minneapolis at 4:19 p.m. and landing in the snow at the Britton place at 5:04. The droning of the engine in the two-seater Curtis aircraft made O'Brien drowsy, and he was fast asleep when the machine made a graceful curve and landed.