APRIL 23

20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) A St. Joseph man was in custody after leading law officers on a 90 mph chase through Brainerd and Merrifield. The chase began after he hit a car and injured the driver, then he hit several more cars before missing a curve just north of the Y Store on County Road 4. His truck rolled over and he was subdued. He faces multiple charges.

30 years ago (1991)

Baxter business owners say they are reluctant to fund $2 million worth of commercial area improvements. Included are frontage roads on both sides of Hwy 371 North, other road linkages and sewer and water in areas where there are none. Business people said part of the cost should be shared by all Baxter residents.

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40 years ago (1981)

Citing “a recent upsurge in criminal activity” and streets that are “virtually un-patrolled,” Brainerd police officers asked the city to hire more officers. With 13 officers, and normal days off, vacations and sick leave, they are reduced to six officers for three eight-hour shifts. The city, however, is caught in a budget squeeze by lower state aids.

60 years ago (1961)

Three Washington High School seniors captured the state team speech contest for the first time in school history. Win Borden and Marabeth Norgaard each earned superior ratings, worth five points each, and Kathy Tinkelpaugh was rated excellent for four points. The 14 total points edged out New Ulm, which earned 13 points.

80 years ago (1941)

Three men were arraigned in court today before Judge Richard Ebert on charges of spearing northerns with the aid of electric lights, and were fined $18.25 each. This follows a ten-day run of fish spearing cases, all using lights. There was also one case of two men found guilty of shooting deer out of season.

100 years ago (1921)

The section of the Gull River from the government dam down to the Stoner Dam, and from there to the Pillager Dam on the Crow Wing River, and all overflows thereof, have been closed to fishing by order of the State Game and Fish Dept. Spawning from this natural fish hatchery is taken each fall to replenish area lakes.

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