FEBRUARY 15

20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) Fittingly, Joe Plut returned to his teaching job at Central Lakes College on Valentines Day to a host of hugs and the gift of a teddy bear. Plut, the man known everywhere as the “Mad Hugger,” had been missing for seven days while doctors placed a stent in his heart to repair an artery that was 90 percent blocked.

30 years ago (1991)

Debbi House, Brainerd, raced to top finishes in recent snowmobile radar runs. Feb. 10 at Alexandria she tied for first in the SR-11 run at 104 mph, and second in the mod-stock run at 92 mph. On Feb. 2 at Crosby she won the SR-11 run at 100 mph. House rides a 1991 Mach I Ski-Doo, sponsored by Brainerd Yamaha and Ski-Doo.

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40 years ago (1981)

Dave Nord, the second leading scorer in the Minn. Community College Conference, poured in more than 30 points for the fourth time in five games, but Brainerd Community College still dropped a 94-87 decision to Crookston. The Brainerd High School grad led four Raiders in double figures with 32 points.

60 years ago (1961)

(Photo) After several years of negotiating and delays, a steam switch engine, one of the last of its kind, was moved to its final resting place in Lum Park. A gift by the NP Railroad to the city, No. 10 switched rail cars here for years but was made obsolete by diesel power. A fence will completely enclose the engine for safety.

80 years ago (1941)

(Adv.) Prices Are Down! Genuine Ethyl Gasoline – 9.4 cents per gallon, plus 4.5 cents tax. For 13 years thousands of Minnesota motorists have enjoyed our super quality gas – and have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many local stations are selling Ethyl at 21 cents per gallon. Tankar Station – 1023 S. 6th Street

100 years ago (1921)

The Water and Light Board held a lengthy meeting with all members present, including chair Carl Zapffe, who has been laid up with a foot injury. The board went over rules covering meter installations and received a petition of 30 signatures from West Brainerd asking that the water system be extended to them.

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