20 years ago (2001)
Some people go into a profession out of necessity. One of those is Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson, a Brainerd grad who was one of four inducted into the Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame last night. Looking for financial help when he headed for college, he was told to check out ROTC. He did, and today is a top-ranking officer at the Pentagon.
30 years ago (1991)
Now that Brainerd has cut ties with the county attorney and will hire its own attorney to prosecute misdemeanors, Baxter and Nisswa will meet with them to explore a cooperative effort. John Person, who is city attorney for both Baxter and Nisswa, says based on history there is no question Baxter would come out ahead with the plan.
40 years ago (1981)
(Photo) The Borgwarth sisters, Nina, Margaret and Kathy, pose here with girls' track coach Kaye Edgeton at Don Adamson Field. Kathy, former state hurdles champ, currently stars at the Univ. of Wisconsin. Nina, a sophomore, is taking dead aim at Kathy's records. Margaret's 5-4 high jump this season puts her among the state's leaders.
60 years ago (1961)
The Brainerd Braves evened their Great Central League record at 1-1 with a 13-2 win over Aitkin. Dale Brown, coming off a stellar performance in the District 24 track meet, was in rare form, striking out 20 Aitkin batters and helping his own cause with a two-run homer.
80 years ago (1941)
(Adv.) Fill Your Tank Here. . . with our cut rate gas! Dictator Regular Gas – 10.5 cents per gal. plus tax. Get 5 gallons for 80 cents, tax paid. Rajah Leaded High Octane Gas – 12.5 cents per gal. plus tax. Get 5 gallons for 90 cents, tax paid. Farm-Labor Oil Co. - Brainerd.
100 years ago (1921)
“Poppy Day” will be inaugurated in Brainerd on May 24, when women of the city will begin the sale of 2,000 artificial poppies. Proceeds will be used for relief of French orphans. In France and Belgium poppies grow profusely, covering the graves of American dead who lost their lives in the World War.