MAY 28

20 years ago (2001)

Less than 24 hours after Memorial Day services, vandals damaged a portion of Evergreen Cemetery. Superintendent Ed Ebinger said the damage was on the south end and included 15 headstones tipped over, flower pots smashed and flags torn up. Cemetery board members called the damage disgusting.

30 years ago (1991)

Nick Wasnie, 86, a former player in the National Hockey League has died. He began playing hockey as a teenager and advanced to the NHL. He was on the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup champions in 1929-30 and 1930-31, being named the team MVP in 1929-30. He was married in Brainerd and they ran a grocery store in southeast Brainerd.

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40 years ago (1981)

Brainerd's controversial new rule on suspending athletes is headed for its first court test. Eight athletes attended a graduation party where beer was served. Five admitted drinking and were suspended, but a senior on the baseball team flatly denied drinking. He was suspended for “being in the presence of” those drinking.

60 years ago (1961)

(Adv.) Now showing at the Gull Drive-In Theatre. Across 6,000 miles of excitement and a world of adventure known as Australia comes “The Sundowners,” starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. Coming soon, see “The Magnificent Seven,” starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen.

80 years ago (1941)

The famous Spotlite night club in Nisswa will open for the season tomorrow. Featured band this year will be Pappy Tester and his Screwballs. Bar Harbor, the famous rendezvous on Gull Lake will open its fourth season this weekend. Bob Farley's Orchestra will play each night, and dinner service has been added this year.

100 years ago (1921)

The bodies of several of Brainerd's war dead have arrived from France and will be buried on Sunday, May 29. Edward Olson of Co. B, 313th Engineers, Monroe Elder of the transportation corps and Frederick Roll will be interred at Evergreen Cemetery. Capt. Andrew Gieriet is in charge of former service members who will attend.

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