20 years ago (2001)

Funding from Brainerd for the Northland Arboretum is close. The city council gave preliminary approval for an annual half mill levy – about $48,000 – and referred the issue to the charter commission. If approved there by amendment, the council would vote again and must pass it unanimously.

30 years ago (1991)

“The impact we made was awesome,” said Warrior cross country ski coach Todd Lyscio. Three Brainerd girls were in the top five – Heather MacIver 2nd, Andi Mathieu 3rd and Jaime Mueller 5th – as the girls team won Section 8 for the second time in three years. On the boys' side, twins Lance and Chad Turcotte qualified for state.

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40 years ago (1981)

The school board's hopes for a small teacher salary increase this year received a blow when the Brainerd Federation of Teachers put forth a 40 percent pay hike over the next two years. The BFT negotiator said teachers are falling farther and farther behind. District negotiator Bob Gross made no counter-offer.

60 years ago (1961)

(Adv.) Wrestling is Back! Wednesday, February 8th, 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. Main Event: Verne Gagne, World's TV Title Champ vs. Len Montana. Semi-Final Event: Bob Geigel vs. Roy McClarty. Admission: Adults - $1.50, Students - $1.00

80 years ago (1941)

Man's best friend has turned out to be nothing but work for city clerk Walter Fall. A total of 708 dog licenses were issued last year, up substantially from the 410 in 1934. Most popular names were Pal, Duke, Tiny, Teddy, Blackie, etc. Names appearing just once were Lord Jim, Caesar and Wally Warfield, among others.

100 years ago (1921)

The U.S. Naturalization Examiner was in town for the special case of two alien enemies who had taken out their first papers wishing to become citizens. In such cases an appeal to the President must be made. That accomplished, Judge McLenahan granted the men citizenship this morning.