FEBRUARY 23

20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) Don Dabill of Pine River was 19 in 1939 when he struck a bargain with a sawmill to buy his first car, a 1926 Ford Model T Roadster. For $35 in advance, he signed a contract with Park Region Timber that paid him $1.50 a thousand board feet for skidding in logs and hauling away slabs. He completed the contract and the car was his.

30 years ago (1991)

The law firm retained by the city to investigate its police department concluded poor leadership, beginning with Chief Ralph Hitchens, was largely to blame for the many problems in the department. County attorney Jack Graham has petitioned district court to convene a grand jury in the police matter.

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40 years ago (1981)

Attention out-of-town check writers: Brainerd is no longer a “sitting duck” for bad checks. The controversy ended when Judge Darrell Sears told local merchants he wouldn't exempt out-of-towners from having to pay restitution – a position he originally took in a letter to Asst. County Attorney Bob Kautz.

60 years ago (1961)

(Adv.) Now showing at the Paramount Theatre, see Charlton Heston starring in William Wyler's production of “Ben-Hur.” Winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Musical Score. Two shows daily: 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

80 years ago (1941)

The five-day police training school conducted by the FBI was concluded here yesterday as Special Agent in charge of Minnesota, A.G. Berens, spoke to the classes on “National Defense.” The school was the first of its kind ever held in Brainerd and attracted an average of 50 officers per day.

100 years ago (1921)

The attention of ex-servicemen is called to the body of a soldier who died in France that will be arriving here soon. Such men could offer excuses the last time a fallen soldier was returned as there was short notice. But there is no reason they cannot be prepared to honor this man who gave his life for his country.

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