20 years ago (2001)
Pardon Henry Peck if he's not too excited about reliving part of the Bataan Death March in New Mexico this weekend. “I did my damn walking,” said the 80-year-old, as he and fellow Bataan survivors Kenneth Porwoll, Russell Swearingen and Walt Straka go to represent the old 194th Tank Regiment at the memorial walk.
30 years ago (1991)
Wildlife artist Les Kouba, 75, will be the first inductee into the new Brainerd Lakes Chamber Hall of Fame. The renowned painter will be honored at a May 17 banquet at Madden's Lodge. The hall of fame was created to honor those performing outstanding service in preserving, protecting and promoting the state's environmental assets.
40 years ago (1981)
The sheriff's department, assisted by Crosby and Deerwood police – raided four homes last night in a coordinated drug raid that had been planned for two months. Eight people from Garrison, Pine Center, Deerwood and Ironton were charged and quantities of marijuana, hashish and barbituates were seized.
60 years ago (1961)
Strikes came easily for Bill Svendsen, bowling for Coca Cola in the Sportsman's League last night at LaGuyal Lanes. He started with 10 strikes in a row, then a spare for a 288 game. Svendsen followed with 242 and 203 games for a 733 total, the second highest series ever bowled here.
80 years ago (1941)
The Hautala basketball team will represent Brainerd in the state recreational tournament to be held the first weekend in April. They earned that right with a 42-40 overtime win over the Railroad Clerks in a nip and tuck battle all the way. Madsen led with 14 points and Heikkenen had 13.
100 years ago (1921)
The Brainerd city bowling team traveled to St. Cloud and beat their city team by the score of 2,594 to 2,585. The alleys were strange to our local boys or they would have had a larger score. Frank Ziske is confident that if St. Cloud gives a return match here a much higher score will be piled up.