20 years ago (2001)

Several Brainerd lakes area residents who had elective knee surgery last week are being contacted by their physicians to be sure they are recovering properly in light of the sudden deaths of three Minnesota men who had similar surgeries last week. The Minn. Dept. of Health has asked for a moratorium on such surgeries until the deaths are investigated.

30 years ago (1991)

An attempt by the Minn. Deer Hunters Assn. to donate venison to the needy has been shot down by the state health authorities. The group wanted to give venison to the Salvation Army to distribute to the poor, but the state said no – the day before the season opener. Talks will be held in December about trying the program next year.

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40 years ago (1981)

MnDOT allegedly dumped at least five gallons of the controversial weed killer 2,4,5-T within 200 yards of Baxter's municipal water well last September and didn't tell anyone about it, according to environmental activist Gary Payne. MnDOT says the disposal posed no hazard and was not hidden from the public.

60 years ago (1961)

(Adv.) Now showing at the Brainerd Theatre, see Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra starring in “The Devil at 4 O'Clock,” in the high adventure tradition of Guns of Navarone. At the Paramount, see Susan Hayward and John Gavin starring in “Back Street.”

80 years ago (1941)

A former Brainerd woman is in serious condition in Ancker Hospital in St. Paul today after jumping off the middle of the High Bridge yesterday. One of the few to have jumped from the bridge without being killed in the fall, she is expected to recover from contusions and bruises but has no broken bones. She jumped after a quarrel with her husband.

100 years ago (1921)

It was a great day in the annals of football when Joe Haskell's “Centrals” mopped up their opponents, the scrappy “Pearsons.” It was only four to a side – center, quarterback and two ends – but it was just as hot as any high school game. The score was 70 to 24, and Captain Haskell says there will be another game “as soon as our pants are repaired by mother.”