20 years ago (2001)
Chris Bjorklund, who played basketball for Brainerd, has finished his career at Cal Poly as their all-time leading scorer with 2,006 points. The 6-8, 235-pound Bjorklund averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. As a grad from a small Div. I school he says the NBA is unlikely, but he'd like to take a shot at playing pro ball in Europe.
30 years ago (1991)
Sheriff Dick Ross said that an elderly couple from Avon fell through the ice on Jail Lake near Pine River. The man, 76, is in intensive care, but the wife, 67, was treated and released. They were returning to shore from fishing when they fell through ice into water over their heads. Ross warned people to stay off lake ice.
40 years ago (1981)
Tim Lavoie of St. Cloud won the men's Class A title in the Sweatshop-Camp Confidence Raquetball Tournament last weekend. But in the Women's Class A division it was an all-Brainerd final, with Carol Miller defeating Joey Halvorson for the championship.
60 years ago (1961)
A Bataan Death March survivor who began his active duty in the army in 1940 with the famed 194th Tank Battalion in Brainerd, has retired in Colorado after 20 years service. Master Sgt. Raymond Fox, who spent 3-1/2 years in Philippine and Japanese POW camps, says some of his buddies still reside in Brainerd.
80 years ago (1941)
Among the long list of people who received votes for special municipal judge, it was M. Eleanor Nolan who prevailed, receiving 137 votes in the final returns. L.C. Peterson finished second with 97, but lost many votes when those who knew him well voted by his nickname, “Pete,” which didn't count.
100 years ago (1921)
At the school board meeting, members were taken by surprise at the size of the water bill, now that meters have been installed. The bill for the first quarter came to $420, which is seven times the old flat rate of $60 per quarter. The finance committee was instructed to protest at the water and light board.
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