20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) A 12-acre corn maze depicting the historic Brainerd water tower opens this week at This Old Farm, seven miles east of Brainerd on Hwy 18. It's sponsored by the Nokay Lake Agricultural Assn. and costs $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under, and free for those 5 and under.

30 years ago (1991)

Bernice Codner, an area woman who died recently, left half her estate to Brainerd Community College and half to the Brainerd Public Library. As a result, the cash-strapped library will be able to install a computer system, allowing librarians to monitor materials and speed the checkout system.

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40 years ago (1981)

(Adv.) All these specials include our Salad Bar! Wednesday: German Stew - $5.95; Thursday: BBQ Ribs - $5.95; Friday: Spaghetti Special - $5.00; Saturday: Prime Rib Special - $7.95; Sunday: Beef Kabobs - $5.95. Tschida's Pillsbury Forest Inn – 12 Miles West on Pine Beach Road.

60 years ago (1961)

Brainerd's American Legion team will make its first trip to the state tournament after breezing past Verndale 3-0 and St. Cloud 2-0. Mike Englehart pitched the first win and Jerry Lyscio tossed a one-hitter against St. Cloud, striking out 12 and walking just two. St. Cloud finished its season 15-2, with both losses to Brainerd with Lyscio pitching.

80 years ago (1941)

“A mattress for a double bed is the crying need for one county family,” is how the county nurse made a plea to the public for a donation. Miss Caroline Walz said a terribly poor family of four has a bed that is “awful” but a new one has been donated, and now the mattress is needed. The mother is expecting another child soon.

100 years ago (1921)

Backed by the aldermen of the 4th Ward, Southeast Brainerd will soon celebrate acquisition of its cement paving with an automobile parade and a concert by the Brainerd Municipal Band. The new cement joins with the hard surfaced section of Brainerd's roads so that you may drive from 6th and Oak Streets for six miles due east on cement roads.