20 years ago (2001)

When Rick Hines saw the 9-inch tracks in a cornfield he knew the black bear was big. He later shot the bear from his tree stand, tracked it and finished it off at the Mississippi River. Dressed out it weighed 540 pounds, meaning a live weight of over 700 pounds and 11.5 feet long. It may prove to be among the five largest ever taken in Minnesota.

30 years ago (1991)

The last council meeting in the present Baxter city hall was convened today with no particular sadness, but with some jubilation. Baxter officials move into the new $400,000 city hall next door on Sept. 13. Within a few days, the current city hall – once a one-room school house – will be demolished for a parking lot.

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40 years ago (1981)

Bob Novick lives in Switzerland, vacations at a “chic” spot in France, does business in China and Africa, and takes trips to Austria, Spain and Paris. But Brainerd is still home. So when the World Health Organization grants him “home leave” every two years, he comes back to see his parents and friends. Novick graduated here in 1947 and played QB in football.

60 years ago (1961)

A long-standing Warrior bugaboo – weakness against the long pass – cost Brainerd heavily in the late stages of their opening loss to Coleraine, 20-14. Brainerd led 14-0 late in the third quarter before two costly fumbles set up Coleraine for their aerial bombardment totaling 131 yards.

80 years ago (1941)

Dean Ritchie of Kansas, winner of last year's Breezy Point golf tournament, has added the 12th Annual Pine Beach Tourney to his trophy list, beating George Aleck, Minneapolis, 4 and 3 in the final. Rudy Melhoff, Brainerd, the medalist with a 75, was knocked out in the first round of match play.

100 years ago (1921)

Bullet Joe Bush, the baseball pitcher from Brainerd, has reason to complain of bad luck. He was put on waivers by the Boston Red Sox and claimed by both the NY Yankees and the Washington club. The latter won the draw, so Bush will miss out on at least $4,000 in world series money had he gone to the Yankees.