20 years ago (2001)
Mike Zauhar led the Warrior boys' basketball team with 15 points, Joe Morgan had 14 and Justin Heitkamp had 9 plus five rebounds, but Brainerd fell to Moorhead 73-57. Cold shooting – 33 percent from the field and 55 percent at the line – contributed to the loss, as did four players fouling out.
30 years ago (1991)
The Brainerd boys' swim team kept its record spotless at 9-0 with a frenetic 47-46 victory at Willmar, in a battle of unbeatens, stopping the Willmar string of 29-straight conference wins. Lance Hoff, Steve Piepgras and Evan Kaneski each had a win for the Warriors, and Mark Schmitz won both the 50 and 100 free races.
40 years ago (1981)
A smoldering peat fire, combined with what officials called “ideal” fog conditions, created havoc with traffic on a short stretch of Hwy 18 last night. A permitted fire crept into piles of peat, and with dense fog, forced officials to set up a detour after two accidents. An attempt will be made to put out the fires today.
60 years ago (1961)
Brainerd police chief Louis Rofidal warned dog owners that today is the last day of the 30-day grace period for buying dog licenses. Staring tomorrow, owners will be charged in court. Total licenses issued as of today were 296, indicating there are many dogs without a license.
80 years ago (1941)
Mayors of all cities in the 6th District, and representatives of 386 manufacturing plants, have been invited to a meeting in Brainerd. Mayor Frank Johnson expects a large turnout. He believes we must secure defense contracts within the next six months or be shut out completely as war preparation ramps up.
100 years ago (1921)
To read the roll of cases to be heard by Federal Judge Page Morris in Duluth, one would think distilling moonshine was the prime diversion in this area. So heavy is the docket that he will need an assistant to clear the cases before end of term. Three cases from Brainerd resulted in fines from $125 to $300.