SEPTEMBER 8

20 years ago (2001)

(Photo) Gary Flemino (left) helped his son, sculptor Tary Flemino, lift the crated bust of the late C. Elmer Anderson, the former mayor of Nisswa and Brainerd, and Governor of Minnesota, into the area where it will be installed in Brainerd City Hall on Friday.

30 years ago (1991)

Defendants in a 33-count, multi-million dollar, multi-state fraud case began appearing today in a Tacoma, Wash. court. Three were involved in Brainerd's BITC case. Larry Frankhauser was the first, sentenced to 27 months in jail and a $10 million restitution order. Doug Blankenship's wife drew 18 months in prison and a $2.4 million restitution order.

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40 years ago (1981)

The future of the Paul Bunyan Arboretum was placed in the hands of the voters as the county board refused to fund the project without the consent of the public. The arboretum advisory board, led by Marv Campbell, said without steady funding the arb will be “unable to stay in business.”

60 years ago (1961)

When violinist David Rubinoff appears at Tornstrom Auditorium on Sept. 29, he will play on one of the most precious instruments in the world, the famed Romanoff-Stradivarius violin, insured for $100,000. Made in 1731, the violin made its way into the hands of the Romanoffs, rulers of Russia. It was later smuggled to the U.S. and bought by Rubinoff.

80 years ago (1941)

The county has recorded its first fatality from the dreaded disease, encephalitis, today. Paul Bremer, 10, of Crosby, died after a four-day illness. Doctors said it was definitely encephalitis, or sleeping sickness. The boy became ill immediately after his return from a trip to the state fair.

100 years ago (1921)

Commissioner A.E. Smith of St. Paul will be the arbiter to decide how the reward for capturing Tommy O'Connor, the notorious gunman, will be distributed. There is $1,000 from the Chicago police and a further $4,000 from a bonding company. Two train workers are among those with a claim on the money.

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