20 years ago (2001)
An apparent tornado roared through an area just south of the Brainerd Industrial Park, damaging 75 homes and destroying some completely. Winds over 100 mph knocked out a substation and cut power to Brainerd. Damage is estimated to be in the millions of dollars, said Sheriff Dick Ross.
30 years ago (1991)
Law enforcement officials will set up a sobriety checkpoint near the Mill Avenue bridge to make sure drivers are sober. The checkpoint will operate from 9 p.m. Saturday until 3:30 a.m. Sunday, stopping as many vehicles as possible. Drivers found impaired will be ticketed and arrested. For others, the stop should take only three minutes.
40 years ago (1981)
Drifting down the Mississippi on a raft is as American as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. But the latest group to try it is 20 young men and women from Switzerland. They started at Lake Itasca in canoes, then built two 36-foot rafts at Grand Rapids. They will dismantle the rafts and reassemble them below Brainerd's dam enroute to New Orleans.
60 years ago (1961)
Union laborers served strike notices on area contractors, halting construction on virtually every major building project in the area. Banners were erected at the new YMCA site, the Presbyterian church addition, the state hospital and Larson Manufacturing, to name just a few. Labor is asking for a 10-11 percent wage increase.
80 years ago (1941)
The county's peony show sweepstakes trophy cup is now in the permanent possession of Mrs. William Van Alstine after she won the prize for an unprecedented third time in a row. Her entry in the 15th Annual County Flower Society Show was once again a beautiful, 8-inch, pale pink Sarah Bernhardt peony.
100 years ago (1921)
Lum Park was crowded Sunday with 200 bathers counted on the beach at one time. There were record sales of ice cream, candy and pop. All swings, benches and tables were in use. The new diving tower, 17 feet high, is now in use for all those over 15 years of age. New bath houses have been built for women.