20 years ago (2001)

Gov. Jesse Ventura donated a replica of his trademark leather jacket to an auction raising funds for the Sept. 11 Fund. Tim Shaw of Breezy Point is the proud owner, having bid $1,250.89 on eBay, with the 89 cents putting him over the top. The jacket features special Ventura patches, and the governor even autographed it for Shaw.

30 years ago (1991)

Hunters who have yet to get their deer are racing the clock against the season's closing at sundown. But hunters in this area – many of them – already have had success. In the zone covering Crow Wing County and most of Cass and Wadena, 8,575 deer were taken the first weekend compared to 5,430 last year.

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40 years ago (1981)

The cause of a fire that destroyed a landmark Gull Lake home is not yet known but officials are investigating. The owner of the two-story home on Steamboat Bay – Croil Hunter of Minneapolis – was not at the home when the fire started. Brainerd firefighters said a pump used to draw water from the lake, broke during the fire.

60 years ago (1961)

A 71-foot white spruce tree, now growing north of Crosby, will be cut and taken to the state capitol to serve as the state Christmas tree. Spotted by state foresters, the tree is growing in Ross Twp. on land owned by Mr. and Mrs. Seldon Banks. The tree, estimated at 70 years old, has a diameter of 26 inches and weighs 3.5 tons.

80 years ago (1941)

An urgent appeal asking county farmers to gather and sell their scrap iron and order needed machinery parts now was issued by the county defense board. The government will pay $11 per ton for the scrap and trucks will be sent to Pequot Lakes and Crosby at certain dates to gather the scrap.

100 years ago (1921)

About 24 regular customers of Garvey's Cafe enjoyed fine, juicy venison steaks last night courtesy of their genial host, William Garvey, who had just returned from a successful hunting trip. The steaks were prepared by his brother, Dan Garvey, proprietor of the cafe, who excels in the cooking and serving of game.