20 years ago (2001)

As area rivers continue to flow above flood stage, dams in the Mississippi flowage are trying to keep up with the rising water. Aitkin is still three feet above flood stage. Greg Struss, park manager at the Gull Lake Dam, says Gull Lake is now over its normal summer high mark and he has all five dam gates and a side bay wide open.

30 years ago (1991)

Developers of Nisswa Lakes Plaza have rolled snake eyes in getting public support for adding a 46,000 square-foot casino to their project. They had a number of attractions lined up for the development, but the casino idea brought 150 residents to a special Nisswa council meeting, expressing vehement opposition.

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40 years ago (1981)

The school board found itself in the unusual position of judge and jury as it heard the case of a vocational teacher suspended for unprofessional conduct. The teacher was charged with “putting down” students, overly strict grading and attendance policies, and showing favoritism to some students and retaliation to others.

60 years ago (1961)

Sheriff's deputy Arvid Greenwalt drove to a complaint of young people at a party starting fires near Pelican Lake. When he was checking IDs, a young man punched him in the face, knocking out several of Greenwalt's teeth. He loaded the man in his squad car without incident but, just minutes later, was attacked again. The man claims he remembers nothing.

80 years ago (1941)

Pvt. George “Shorty” Roth, a member of Brainerd's Co. A, 194th Tank Battalion, now training at Fort Lewis, WA, has picked up broadcasts from the Brainerd police radio station, WRJP. Roth, in a letter to Patrolman Louis Rofidal, said he had been interested in police broadcasts. Unusual, considering the 50-watt station can seldom be heard on Hwy 371 north of town.

100 years ago (1921)

A “Jack the Peeper” has been operating on the Northside for some months, and the other night he pushed up a window and curtain to peer into a woman's apartment. She gave the alarm and her husband started after the intruder with a shotgun. He fell over a chair and the man escaped, or he might have been punctured with birdshot.