20 years ago (2001)

Once was fun. Twice was just as nice. Central Lakes College swept its two matches to repeat as National JC Div. III champs. They won three straight from Ridgewater of Willmar, then topped Joliet JC of Illinois in four games. “We're the most well-rounded team here. That's why we won,” said Jane Peterson, named coach of the year.

30 years ago (1991)

Against its will, the school board has approved a 24 percent wage increase over two years to its teaching assistants. The move was driven by state pay equity laws that say the assistants, largely female, must be on a par with custodians, largely male. The increased wages mean that custodial and teaching assistant staffs may have to be cut.

Newsletter signup for email alerts

40 years ago (1981)

The Warrior girls' swim team cruised to their seventh straight victory and ninth win in ten dual meets this season, submerging Park Center 118-48 in a non-conference meet. Brainerd won nine events and were runners-up in seven. Michelle Pregler's 1:06.2 win in the 100 back was the fastest in the region thus far this season.

60 years ago (1961)

A young Brainerd youth, blanked during the October bow hunting season, made up for it in a big was as the firearms deer season opened. Jim Nelson, 14, was hunting with his father about four miles north of the airport when he bagged a 149-pound, eight-point buck. It was the first deer entered at Lassig's Log Cabin contest at 8:25 a.m. today.

80 years ago (1941)

An organized car theft ring, responsible for at least six stolen cars in recent months, is being tracked down by the sheriff as two local men, both 22, confessed to being part of the scheme. Two cars were stolen on Front Street during the Elks convention, two from in front of Smokey Bill's Tavern and one from the Paramount Theatre last weekend.

100 years ago (1921)

A basketball schedule for high schools of the district was mapped out by a meeting of superintendents of the principal towns, being: Brainerd, Little Falls, Bemidji, Aitkin, St. Cloud and Crosby. Some smaller towns will be included. The schedule – running December to March – will give each school five home games and five away.