20 years ago (2001)

With no flames and no smell of smoke, authorities desperately searched for a possible plane crash this morning. A call to the sheriff at 8:28 a.m. said a plane went down near Hwy 371 south of Brainerd. A second call mentioned a location near the Sylvan Dam. Workers searched by air and on foot with no results.

30 years ago (1991)

The first of seven men indicted in the BITC bus building scam was sentenced today. Al Halldorson was placed on probation and assessed a fine of $3,400. His plea agreement says he will serve no jail time as he is a cooperating witness, providing information against the others in the case.

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40 years ago (1981)

Pointing a finger at the city's electrical supplier, the Water and Light Dept. today hiked electrical rates by 17 percent effective July 1. The rate increase was accompanied by increases in water and sewage rates. Chairman Len Peterson said “Minn. Power and Light is the culprit” for the electric rates.

60 years ago (1961)

The Nisswa Summer Theatre will open for a 10-week season beginning on June 27 under new management of a New York couple. The cast, most from the New York stage except for apprentices, will appear in five comedies. The first three are: “Glass Menagerie,” “Arms and the Man” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

80 years ago (1941)

(Adv.) Today and Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, see Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra in “Las Vegas Nights.” Second feature, see Basil Rathbone and Hugh Herbert in the thriller, “Black Cat.” Next week, it's Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck starring in “The Lady Eve.”

100 years ago (1921)

The citizens of Brainerd who are interested in golf have chosen their course to be named Brainerd Country Club. The land secured was owned by the Gross brothers and lies just west of the M&I Railroad tracks and north of the road to Staples. Tom Varden, professional at White Bear Yacht and Golf Club has staked out a nine-hole course.