20 years ago (2001)
Superior depth and balance usually wins over a team with just one outstanding individual. Thus, the Warrior gymnasts captured their third straight Section 8AA title, despite losing top performer Molly Smith with a dislocated elbow. Katie Perpich, Annalisa Aakhus, Kathleen Lorenz and Brianna Lester all qualified for state as Brainerd scored 145.25.
30 years ago (1991)
County attorney Jack Graham said that a doctor who learns of child abuse in confidence from a patient is not obligated to report it to the authorities. The state attorney general's office issued an opinion stating that Graham's view is contrary to the mandatory reporting law and inconsistent with duties of his office.
40 years ago (1981)
Carl Schuety, Route 3, called the sheriff to say his kids had dynamite and blasting caps and asked for help “before the kids blow up the neighborhood.” Skip Rudquist, county bomb expert arrived to see dynamite and caps in a coffee can wired to a tree, with the kids shooting at it with a rifle. Had they hit it, it would have exploded.
60 years ago (1961)
Washington High School debaters placed fourth in the state debate tourney at the Univ. of Minn., the highest they have finished in three straight trips to state. Team members were Mary Cockrell, Nikki Smith, Carol Whitney, Christie Hohman, Win Borden and Barbara Sather. Norm Arveson is coach.
80 years ago (1941)
Co. A, 194th Tank Battalion, leaves tonight for a year of training at Ft. Lewis, Washington. The 77 enlisted men and five officers of Brainerd's National Guard unit will board a train at the NP Railroad depot just after midnight. Relatives and friends will be permitted in the armory for farewells before the men march to the depot.
100 years ago (1921)
Two men, believed to have robbed the mail car on the main line of the NP Railroad were captured at Little Falls following a running gunfight. Brainerd police were alerted to the robbery and were stopping northbound cars matching the bandits description. They stopped five cars, including one carrying our own Dr. Badeaux.