JANUARY 24

20 years ago (2001)

Al Cottingham, city planner, submitted his resignation to the city council last night. In the letter he said he was resigning before the council terminated him. He saw the council headed in other directions and wanted to have control of his life. The council has discussed hiring an economic developer who would cover some planning duties.

30 years ago (1991)

After 16 years in public office, former county attorney Steve Rathke is going into private practice of law in Minneapolis. In a speech to the Brainerd Rotary Club, Rathke said he must leave Brainerd due to the incessant attacks on himself and his family by supporters of Jack Graham, who defeated Rathke for county attorney.

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40 years ago (1981)

The next step in former Police Chief Wayne Hasty's appeal of his demotion is whether he wants to pay $4,000 for the 2,000-page legal transcript. The transcript would take two months to prepare and is necessary for a three-judge panel to hear his appeal. Hasty has not indicated what he will do.

60 years ago (1961)

Fire at the Halcyon Hill Kennels on Hwy 218 claimed the life of one dog being boarded there, owner Frank Jensen reported. All but one of the animals being boarded left the building and entered the wire enclosed runway outside. The dog that died crawled into a straw filled barrel inside.

80 years ago (1941)

The big three-day Golden Gloves boxing tournament is over. Over 3,000 fans jammed the Washington High School gym to watch eight champions crowned, with two each from Brainerd, Staples and Little Falls. Little Falls won the team championship, with Brainerd and Staples tied for second.

100 years ago (1921)

The case of Peter Peterson, charged with speeding on Oak Street at 2:15 p.m., was called before Special Judge Kinder. Traffic officer Abrahamson said he had made careful notation of time, speed and identity of the driver. However, Peterson produced a number of witnesses that showed he was elsewhere at the time. Case dismissed.

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