20 years ago (2001)

On March 1, Brainerd will grow by 1,000 acres. The city's contested annexation case in Unorganized Territory was decided in Brainerd's favor and the land, south of CR 49 and including 200 acres of the arboretum, will join the city. The judge said the land is about to become urban or suburban and would benefit from city planning.

30 years ago (1991)

The Warrior gymnasts won their eighth consecutive conference title the old-fashioned way – they earned it. Led by Julie Beasley's five individual conference titles – she now has 16 for her career – Brainerd scored 141.1 to edge Willmar with 140.0. “Talk about a pressure situation,” said coach Dave Maras, “we could not afford a single fall on beam.”

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40 years ago (1981)

An incident starting with the gunpoint robbery of a Brainerd woman, ended when the man who allegedly committed the robbery crashed into a State Patrol roadblock in Iowa and then committed suicide. The man held up the woman and her daughter in their house, took their money, stole their car and fled.

60 years ago (1961)

(Adv.) One of the best pictures of this or any other year! See “Inherit the Wind,” starring Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly. Nominated for Best Actor and Best Picture. Only two more days at the Brainerd Theatre.

80 years ago (1941)

“M” Day (mobilization) for the 89 officers and enlisted men of Co. A, 194th Tank Battalion, is set for Monday, Feb. 10 at the armory in Brainerd. Capt. E.B. Miller, unit commander, says men must report by 9 a.m. and will eat, sleep and drill at the armory until the move west to Ft. Lewis, Wash., probably on Feb. 19.

100 years ago (1921)

The Rev. Elof Carlson presided at the meeting of the school board in the absence of both the president and vice president. A communication was received from the West Brainerd PTA requesting that their school be named “The Riverside School.” Upon motion, the request was granted and the school so named.