AUG. 1

20 years ago (2001)

Yes, it was the heat – and the humidity! Yesterday's 93-degree temperature in Brainerd told only half the story. As it was across the state, the heat index – a combination of the temperature and humidity – was dangerously high in Brainerd, topping out at 110 degrees. Fortunately, St. Joseph's Medical Center reported no cases of heat stroke.

30 years ago (1991)

The curbside recycling program started off slowly, but those who participated seemed to be well-informed. After about 30 minutes of driving the streets in Northeast Brainerd, the Poor Gary's Disposal crew of Wayne Harding and Greg Aspros had emptied only 10 or so of the blue recycling bins.

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40 years ago (1981)

(Adv.) Good news for new car buyers! We will finance qualified buyers of Buicks – Oldsmobiles – Pontiacs for only 13.80% annual interest rate. We have a great selection of cars on hand right now. Remember, we are the pace-setting dealer that “smashed the high interest rate barrier.” Imgrund Auto – W. Washington St. - Brainerd

60 years ago (1961)

Three vehicles were involved in a freak accident on the Washington Street bridge. A car driven by a Kansas man lost a wheel, which bounced into the adjoining lane. Barry Larson, Brainerd, stopped to avoid the wheel and was hit from behind by a third car. That third car then continued without stopping.

80 years ago (1941)

(Adv.) A double feature now showing at the Paramount Theatre, where it's “cool as a mountain breeze”: See Merle Oberon and Melvyn Douglas in “That Uncertain Feeling.” Then see Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in “Caught in the Draft,” as Uncle Sam teaches Bob that old Army game.

100 years ago (1921)

With three fires flaring up in Northeast in a matter of 2-1/2 hours Monday morning, and within a radius of four blocks, the fire department believes a fire bug was at work. There were no grass fires in any proximity to the burning buildings, nor wind to carry sparks from one to another. A fire watch has been set and a suspect is under surveillance.

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