20 years ago (2001)
The Pierz volleyball team won their own invitational tournament, stopping Brainerd in the final, 15-9, 12-15, 15-6. They previously beat Pequot Lakes, Onamia and Milaca. Brainerd had defeated Swanville, Aitkin and Big Lake. Brainerd coach Heidi Hahn said “the girls really came together. We're excited to see what's happening.”
30 years ago (1991)
(Photo) Seven-year-old Jordan Platisha waves his Homer Hanky while his dad, Perry, and brother, Blake, join in the celebration as the Twins topped the Blue Jays 5-4 in the opener of the American League playoffs. The Platishas, plus Steve Clough and son, Joel, were among the lucky ones able to find some scarce playoff tickets.
40 years ago (1981)
In addition to Slave Day, Blue and White Face Paint Day, Sweatshirt Day, Dress-up Day, etc., homecoming at Brainerd High School will include a hunt for a small hidden football; prize is $250. The winner must have purchased a homecoming button and must not search during school hours. Those that do will not receive the prize and may be suspended.
60 years ago (1961)
Local bowmen – well represented among the 2,935 archers who hunted a beautiful opening weekend at Camp Ripley – did exceptionally well as a total 96 deer were harvested. First-timers making good were Mrs. Rod (Margaret) Kuschke, who shot a 132-pound buck from 30 yards, and Duane Kohl, 18, who got a 147-pound buck – his first – from 20 yards.
80 years ago (1941)
Members of the school patrol at five Brainerd schools will be warmer this winter thanks to the American Legion. As part of their annual Fall District Rally, the Legion presented two woolen parkas each to St. Francis, Whittier, Lowell, Lincoln and Harrison elementary schools.
100 years ago (1921)
Brainerd's tall concrete water tower is to have a powerful search light installed in addition to the twelve 100 candlepower lights being sponsored by the Chamber. Joe Midgley, a foreman at the railroad shops, leads the campaign to raise money for the light. It will be visible for 25 miles and motorized to revolve at any speed or angle.