MAY 16

20 years ago (2001)

After three scoreless innings, sophomore Becky Poster got things rolling for the Central Lakes College softball team with a three-run homer in the fourth, enroute to a 6-1 win over Rochester and the Region 13A championship. Becki Wagner went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Raiders move on to the national tournament in Maryland.

30 years ago (1991)

The continuing budget battle in St. Paul between the Democratic legislature and Republican Gov. Arne Carlson has strong local implications. According to Sen. Don Samuelson, (DFL), Carlson's proposed cuts would close the chemical dependency centers at state hospitals, including Brainerd's. This would drop 80 jobs here.

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40 years ago (1981)

The Warrior baseball team remained unbeaten in the conference at 5-0, with a 4-0 shutout over Willmar. Senior lefty Gary Borg won his fifth game of the season, striking out six. Brainerd managed seven hits, with Keith Holtan getting two of them. They are also unbeaten for the season at 12-0.

60 years ago (1961)

The YMCA building committee has approved bids for the new building at 6th and Oak Streets in the amount of $365,468, almost exactly the cost predicted by the architects – Stegner, Hendrickson, McNutt of Brainerd. General contractor is Erickson and Sons, Brainerd. Construction will start immediately.

80 years ago (1941)

Ray “Spike” Hanson today reigns as the king of golfers at Washington High School. He defeated Roy Cottam 5 and 3 in the final match of the championship flight. Glen Bierhaus won first flight honors with a 3 and 1 victory over Leo Titus. The tournament, which drew 22 golfers, was played at the Brainerd Country Club.

100 years ago (1921)

The opening of the fishing season brought a wild snow storm in the morning, and early fishermen retreated to shore. Those fishing later did well, such as Dr. A.K. Cohen, Brainerd, and two Twin Cities friends who caught 32 walleyed pike on Mille Lacs. With ice still on some lakes, deputy game warden A.P. Cardle joked of selling fish house licenses.