20 years ago (2001)
Chris Studer, a Brainerd High School graduate, went 4-for-6 with 3 RBI to lead the Brainerd Mighty Gulls to an 8-6 victory over the Rochester Honkers in a 10-inning Northwoods league game. The Gulls lead the North Division with a 17-13 record with two games remaining in the season's first half.
30 years ago (1991)
Contractors put ranks of mailboxes at the entrance to Southdale so mail can be delivered during the installation of a sewer system in the Baxter neighborhood. City engineer Bruce Buxton delivered the good news that, although bids came in higher than expected, assessments would be lower because interest rates dropped from 9 to 6 percent.
40 years ago (1981)
The water level on White Sand and Red Sand Lakes, an issue most thought was dead and buried 10 years ago, is back again. The county will host an informational meeting to rehash the issue after someone tore out the culvert that controlled lake levels. And it appears the established benchmark to alleviate flooding of homes has been lost.
60 years ago (1961)
For the second time this season, hard-throwing right-hander Jimmy Brown got the better of Little Falls, as Brainerd notched an 8-2 win and moved to a tie with them on identical 8-2 season records. Big Tony Kerick got wild, issuing seven walks, including two in the third. Brainerd bunched three hits in the third and scored five runs.
80 years ago (1941)
Over 200 young men, who turned 21 since Oct. 16, 1940, registered for the draft yesterday in the county. They will await a lottery on July 9 that will determine when they answer the call for a year of compulsory military service. Brainerd registered 125 of the men, followed by Crosby with 48.
100 years ago (1921)
The official moving pictures of the Brainerd 4th of July parade and crowds will be taken by professional cameramen from Fox Films who were secured by Clyde Parker of the Elks Independence Day committee. Cameras will be stationed on Front Street near the New Park Theatre beginning at 10 a.m.