20 years ago (2001)

To remodel or build new schools is the question facing the school board. Findings presented by the firm WSN said remodeling the eight elementary schools, two middle schools, junior high and high school would cost about $25.3 million. A rough estimate on building a new 320,000-square-foot high school came to $40 million.

30 years ago (1991)

Big Island – a rare ecological jewel in Whitefish Lake – should be designated a Scientific and Natural Area, according to the DNR. That recommendation, made to the county board and Ideal Twp., was taken under advisement. The island is an old-growth mixed hardwood forest with maple and basswood trees 150 years old.

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40 years ago (1981)

Two Cass County deputies, who were charged by game wardens for netting northerns out of Leech Lake, have been suspended by Sheriff Louis Chalich. The question before the county board is whether they can withhold the deputies' pay until they appear in court. A State Trooper charged with them has not been suspended.

60 years ago (1961)

(Photo) City assessor Ralph (Hap) Cole points at the broken window pane where a bullet entered the west side of his office in city hall over the weekend. It continued across a desk and counter, lodging in a wall. The .30-06 slug was presumably fired at a deer. The office was closed over the weekend so no one was injured.

80 years ago (1941)

Another rural Brainerd man has been arrested in the car theft ring and joins the first two men in the county jail. The third man was implicated by the first two, but withstood two days of questioning by the sheriff before confessing. There may be more members of the ring. All six cars that were stolen were stripped for sale of parts.

100 years ago (1921)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Benton Shoaf, of Illinois, returned to Brainerd on the afternoon train. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary, being the first couple married in Brainerd in 1871 at the then newly built St. Paul's Episcopal Church. There will be a banquet in their honor at the Chamber of Commerce with many speeches and music.