20 years ago (2001)

An inch is usually insignificant in football, but the Pillager Huskies could have used a few in the state Class 1A final against McLeod West at the Metrodome. Down by 30-22 in the fourth quarter, Pillager twice came up short in trying to tie the game. In one case they had two tries from the 2-yard line but were stopped.

30 years ago (1991)

(Photo) An engine failure caused an airplane crash at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport that left two people hospitalized and the aircraft stranded in a frozen swamp. A third person was not injured. The plane's right engine failed just before lift off. The pilot managed to set it back on the runway but didn't have room to stop and it ran off the end into the swamp.

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40 years ago (1981)

The city is headed for troubled financial waters and at least two aldermen have no doubt who the culprit is: The state. Dick Johnson, city clerk, says Brainerd will run out of money by the end of February. The state, facing a financial crisis, has withheld local aid for the month of November and now looks like it will withhold December's, as well.

60 years ago (1961)

(Photo) A statue of St. Francis of Assisi, sculpted in Italy, was erected in front of St. Francis Catholic Church. The statue was given by Mrs. Ellen Wise and son Micheal as a memorial to her late husband, Ernest. The statue is dedicated by Msgr. Thomas Scott (right), assisted by altar boys Bob Rofidal and Michael Wise.

80 years ago (1941)

A committee representing the entire lakes area will meet with the state conservation department to protest the closing of the Whitefish chain of lakes to winter fishing this year. The group says that more would be accomplished by lowering the limits on pickerel and crappies on all lakes within the Brainerd area.

100 years ago (1921)

High school and grade school teachers from Brainerd will leave for their respective homes to spend the Thanksgiving holidays. Many will take the bus to Little Falls to meet the main line train to Minneapolis this evening. Among the teachers are Misses Pierce, Schow and Tornstrom.