20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) Lyle Mayo, 87, is the survivor of 12 children born to Malon and Blanche Mayo and says he's “done a lot of things and been a lot of places.” Recently he published a book about his parents and his life, including the steamer excursion boats his father ran up the Mississippi from Lum Park to Riverton.

30 years ago (1991)

If “ultra-athlete” is a word, then Bob Engen is it. He's done the Hawaiian Ironman Triathalon, cross country skied across Minnesota and done two 210-mile ski races in Alaska. Now he will tackle the Iditarod Trail, 1,100 miles from Anchorage to Nome, a venture he predicts will take him 35 days, and most of it alone.

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40 years ago (1981)

The school district's financial pinch became cold reality, as the board placed three administrators and six teachers on unrequested leave of absence. The administrators are Roger McHaney, elementary principal; Wayne Haugen, asst. high school principal; and Howie Persons, community services director.

60 years ago (1961)

An elderly Brainerd man, whom police refused to identify without permission from relatives, has been listed as missing here. The man is 68, tall, medium build, wears glasses and was wearing a checkered cap and checked coat. He has been missing since he failed to return to his residence last night.

80 years ago (1941)

(Photo) The fishing's good. And these photos prove it as men grab their spears and head for the ice. At left is Paul Peterson of Round Lake, holding the 26-pound northern he speared on Gull Lake near Cinosam. The photo on right is George Bourquin of West Brainerd with the 30-pounder he speared, also on Gull.

100 years ago (1921)

Chinese pheasants are on the move in this area and have been seen between Brainerd and Barrows and on Fred Strop's farm. The birds were put out by the Crow Wing Game and Fish League. They are being watched carefully and it is advised that they should come to no harm.