20 years ago (2001)
Jorgen Hartje is getting a kick out of playing two sports. The Brainerd senior is a three-year member of the soccer team and the first ever to kick for the football team. It's been a success through six games, with Hartje making 21-of-24 extra point attempts, one of two field goal tries plus some booming kickoffs.
30 years ago (1991)
Although they fell short of their goal of five tons, Brainerd and Baxter area Boy Scouts still collected more than twice as much food as last year in their Scouting for Food drive. Officials said it came to 6,500 pounds – 3.25 tons – from business drop sites and door-to-door collections.
40 years ago (1981)
After eight months of negotiations, the school board has reached tentative settlement of a two-year contract with Brainerd teachers. According to Supt. Bob Gross, the pact calls for a 24 percent increase over two years and is a “fine settlement.” “It's more than we wanted to pay and less than the teachers wanted,” Gross said.
60 years ago (1961)
(Adv.) Tonight at the Brainerd Theatre, it's “Teenage Millionaire,” starring Jimmy Clanton, Rocky Graziano, Zasu Pitts and Maurice Gosfield (Pvt. Doberman of the Phil Silvers Show). Bouncing with the beat of 20 song hits by Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, Dion, Bill Black's Combo and more.
80 years ago (1941)
The Brainerd chapter of the WCTU had its biggest job to date in distributing military kits to draftees. The group of 28, under the leadership of draftee Jim Alderman, is the largest from the county since the draft act was passed in 1940. The kits have needles, pins, thread, buttons, scissors and a copy of the New Testament.
100 years ago (1921)
Thomas Beare, who raised the best cabbages Brainerd has seen, is back again. Beare's land was purchased by the city for drilling its wells for the new water system. His cabbage crop this year was first marketed on the iron range. Locally, he has a supply at the Model Meat Market, but long lines indicate they will soon be gone.