20 years ago (2001)
Roberta Johnson, a retired Lutheran pastor, will have to say goodbye to her two elderly cats now that she has moved into Brainerd Manor assisted living. She's had them since she rescued them 17 years ago. Brainerd Manor agreed to let the cats live with her on a trial basis, but it hasn't worked out.
30 years ago (1991)
It could have been worse. Tornadoes spawned by what the weather service called a super cell did extensive damage around supper time on July 5. One youth was killed by a falling tree in Cass County and three were injured at BIR. Also at the race track there was extensive damage to cars from falling trees.
40 years ago (1981)
Tom Feierabend of Brainerd made his season's debut at North Central Speedway a good one, taking a first Heat win and a second-place finish in the Sportman's Class Trophy-Feature event. Other local Feature event winners included Wally Mass of Brainerd in Hobby Stocks.
60 years ago (1961)
Miss Brainerd of 1961, Bonnie Lee Anderson, said last night “I'm thrilled to be asked to open the fourth production of the Nisswa Summer Theatre.” Miss Anderson and her escort will cut the ribbon for the production of Moliere's “The Doctor In Spite of Himself.” “I'm looking forward to an evening of fun,” she said.
80 years ago (1941)
More than 11,000 visitors spent July 4th in the Brainerd lakes region, as the Brainerd Tourist Bureau reported the greatest rush for for cabins and sleeping rooms in its four-year existence. Hundreds of people had to be turned away by the bureau once every available bed was filled.
100 years ago (1921)
A band of seven Indians, including several chiefs of high rank, were in town today meeting with local leaders of the sportsmen's convention to be held at Rocky Point on Gull Lake, July 14-17. Preparations are being made for an Indian encampment which will be one of the features of the convention.