JULY 7

20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) When her Home Depot sponsored softball team held a special event at a Mighty Gulls baseball game, Jamie Stockert couldn't go. She had badly broken her leg in a 4-wheeling accident. So the Mighty Gulls came to her, in the form of players Michael Lynch and T.J. Bohn, who brought gifts to cheer her up.

30 years ago (1991)

Brainerd Mayor Bonnie Cumberland says she won't recommend a new candidate for police chief for another week. After having the first two selections for the job turn it down, Cumberland says “I'll be doing a lot of research. I've done this twice and don't want to go through it again.”

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40 years ago (1981)

A Brainerd man who once worked as a licensed securities agent was arraigned in county court today for bilking investors in a fictitious company out of thousands of dollars. He offered investors in “Unified Corp.” a 16.5% return on their money. No such company is registered in Minnesota and is nothing more than a “Ponzi” scheme.

60 years ago (1961)

Hard-hitting Dave Ronholm and righthander Jerry Lyscio pushed Brainerd's American Legion team to a 7-0 win over Bemidji – their 10th of the season. Brainerd started its attack in the first with a single by Bob Dwyer, a scoring single by Bob Rofidal and a walk to Mike Engelhart. Ronholm then launched a three-run homer to right field.

80 years ago (1941)

(Photo) John Simmons, alias Roger Steen, is in jail here awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania on charges of armed robbery, bank robbery and for questioning by the FBI. Simmons, who has a record including kidnapping and auto theft, was taken by three officers with guns drawn, still lunged at them and tried to escape.

100 years ago (1921)

A bloody chapter in Motley history transpired last night at the LaVoy family reunion. Considerable liquor flowed and soon monkey wrenches were being hurled. Authorities went to arrest the three LaVoy brothers, who fled. In the melee, Eugene was shot twice, dying last night at a Brainerd hospital. Brother Dave, hit with buckshot, lies wounded at his Motley home.

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