FEBRUARY 22

20 years ago (2001)

A Dispatch story by Jodie Tweed about hugging at Pequot Lakes Junior High went viral across the country. The story aired nationally on the Paul Harvey radio show, was on several Twin Cities TV stations, in both metro newspapers and on countless radio stations. Principal Chuck Arns said he got 25 media calls, including offers to appear on NBC and ABC.

30 years ago (1991)

The Nisswa city council heard plans from the Nisswa Lakes Plaza developer about the possibility of establishing a casino to draw more people to the complex. It would be run by an Indian organization. The plaza would begin with 50,000 square feet of shopping but could later have a bowling alley, theatre, dance pavilion, etc.

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40 years ago (1981)

Defending Upper Midwest champion Jim Crawford was the only Brainerd Golden Glover to win a semifinal bout in the Region 4 tourney at Brainerd High School. He won by RSC over Bruce Crocker of Staples in the 2nd round. Crawford will meet Crookston's Don Morgan in the 165-pound final today.

60 years ago (1961)

A tank set up as a roadblock at 6th and Laurel Streets, troops directing traffic around the downtown area and some irate motorists were part of the four-hour Muster Day for Brainerd's National Guard unit. The guards were called to duty on short notice to show how they could assist local police in an emergency.

80 years ago (1941)

With over $750 already collected, the Greek War Relief effort is gaining momentum in Brainerd. Of that $750, approximately $450 came from Greek merchants in the city. A goal of $2,000 has been set to aid the Greeks currently fighting valiantly against Hitler's Nazi forces.

100 years ago (1921)

A statement in the Minneapolis Tribune said that Masons from 12 states plan to build a $50,000 clubhouse on Gull Lake near Brainerd. The 300 acre tract of land known as Cinosam (Masonic spelled backwards) will host rest and recreation, fishing and boating. Many Masons are expected to erect cottages near the clubhouse.

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