SEPTEMBER 23

20 years ago (2001)

She's been playing racquetball for 20 years and was fifth at last year's world tournament, but this was Sue Kieffer's year. Last month in New Mexico she took the world women's age 50-54 title, beating the defending national champ 11-10, 11-5. The tournament featured 350 players from seven countries.

30 years ago (1991)

With the score between the Warriors and Little Falls tennis teams tied at three matches apiece, the duel at No. 3 singles went on-and-on. After four hours, the Flyer's Sarah Shelley prevailed over Nicole Kellerman 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory. That deciding match went 1-1/2 hours beyond all the others.

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40 years ago (1981)

Commercial fishermen from Winona are at work in the Mississippi River from French Rapids to Riverton, netting and removing large buffalo fish. The rough fish are being removed to improve habitat for game fish. They run up to 40 pounds and average about 15 pounds. They are shipped live to Chicago and New York and sold for food.

60 years ago (1961)

(Photo) Shown polishing up their clubs after a round at the Brainerd Golf Club are men's champion Chuck Chalberg, and women's champ Georgia Benson, both the youngest in club history. Chalberg, a sophomore at the junior college, and Benson a Brainerd High School junior, also were tied for respective medalist honors at the annual Madden's Pine Beach tournament.

80 years ago (1941)

There he stood. Mayor Frank B. Johnson with the ball in his hands, ready to open the 1941-42 bowling season. He looked unsure but rolled the ball anyway, and all the pins on all eight alleys fell down. Eight strikes at once for his honor. The pin boys did the trick with strings tied to all the pins.

100 years ago (1921)

The St. Colombo community on Gull Lake has secured telephone service by forming its own coop company. The incorporators are: Dr. John Thabes, Dr. R.A. Beise, S.F. Alderman, Judge Walter Wieland, Judge C.A. Allbright and several others. The amount of capital stock is set at $5,000.

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