SEPTEMBER 21

20 years ago (2001)

Pillager 7th graders wanted to donate blood to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but were told they were too young. That didn't deter them. They told their teacher, Chris Berent, they would start a penny drive instead. He figured they'd raise about $50. The determined kids raised $269 in four days; it will go to the Salvation Army and Red Cross.

30 years ago (1991)

It was the kind of day when the offense and defense congratulated each other, and it led Brainerd Community College to a 35-12 thumping of Mesabi's football team. The defense intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble. The offense was led by QB Jim Carlson, who scored three TDs and passed for another.

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40 years ago (1981)

(Photo) Ron Kobes of Brainerd won the 7th Annual Northern Pike Tournament at Ron's Squaw Point with his prize-winning fish scaling 19-8. It was the largest fish in the contest's seven years. About 470 fishermen entered the three-day contest, catching 196 northerns over six pounds. Of these, 160 were successfully released.

60 years ago (1961)

George H. Crosby, 96, founder of the village of Crosby, died early this morning at his Duluth home. He was the last of the mining pioneers. After discovering ore which became mines on the Mesabi Range, he came to the Cuyuna Range and bought large tracts of land. One parcel he platted for the village that bears his name.

80 years ago (1941)

While many hunters are trekking the woods looking for game, a young hen partridge came to visit the Henry Maxim family on 5th Ave. in Northeast. The bird broke a plate glass window to enter the side porch but they didn't even get to keep the bird. Still alive, it was given to a game warden as the partridge season isn't open yet.

100 years ago (1921)

The first couple ever married in Brainerd will celebrate their golden anniversary here on Nov. 15, with four children and five grandchildren attending. Mr. and Mrs. Benton Shoaf were married in 1871 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, which was so new that the groom had to sweep dust and wood shavings off the pews before the ceremony.

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