20 years ago (2001)
Jim Nelson of Anoka, owner of North Central Motor Speedway for the last 13 years, may have closed the gates in front of the race track for the last time. Cliff Sasker of Onamia has a purchase agreement to buy it, but no closing date or financial details have been disclosed. The track, 5 miles south of Brainerd, just finished its 43rd year.
30 years ago (1991)
Deputy sheriff Corky McQuiston stopped a 23-year-old Brainerd man near Nisswa for possible DUI and driving after revocation. McQuiston radioed for assistance after the man became combative. Both he and Breezy Point officer Troy Schreifels were treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center for bruises and lacerations.
40 years ago (1981)
The touchdown of Republic Flight 995 on Sept. 4 marked the beginning of a new era at Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport. The Convair 580 prop jet was first to land on the new 6,500-foot main runway, which can accommodate the larger 727 and DC-9 jets, plus military “Hercules” transport planes.
60 years ago (1961)
Heavy enrollment at the Baxter Elementary School has forced the Baxter school board to place the sixth grade class in the village hall. Students will be bused to the school for lunch, then back again. Total enrollment has grown to 203 and forced the board to postpone thoughts of adding kindergarten for lack of space.
80 years ago (1941)
On the eve of their departure from the United States, the 90 stalwarts who form Brainerd's Co. A of the 194th Tank Battalion prepared to board a ship soon at San Francisco for parts unknown. Secrecy was maintained to the last, and only Major E.B. Miller, commander of the 194th – and other high ranking officers – know the destination.
100 years ago (1921)
Returning to Brainerd from the lakes last evening, county attorney S.F. Alderman was crowded off the hill on the Gull Lake Road near the Brainerd golf course and the M&I Railroad tracks. He tipped into the ditch, suffering a cut hand and bruises. Rosko Bros. was called and repaired the starting gear with a ladies hair pin, driving the car straight to the shop.