20 years ago (1999)

An ABC-TV News story Thursday night reported that there were secret stashes of money, weapons and radios made by the Russian KGB near Brainerd, making locals wonder if they heard right. A KGB archivist gave documents to the U.S. saying there were several locations, and some checked out.

30 years ago (1989)

Although he’d already determined to recommend a Rural/Urban Design Assistance Team visit the Brainerd area, the evaluator was even more sure after touring the area by helicopter and visiting with a variety of leaders. The hoped-for team would visit in October or November.

40 years ago (1979)

Mark Mathews claimed a 6th place finish in the time of 16:13 to help the Warrior cross-country team to a 7th place finish out of 15 teams in the Moorhead Invitational. Coach Kay Edgeton said, “Mark’s race was exceptional, his personal best by 23 seconds.”

60 years ago (1959)

The temperature dipped 53 degrees in Brainerd between Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday it was a sweltering 95 degrees, but by early this morning it had dropped to 42 degrees, and there were reports of frost just to the west of Brainerd.

80 years ago (1939)

Joe Marchel, world-traveling Brainerd youth, wrote a letter to friends in St. Paul telling of how he was arrested in Paris a short time ago for taking photos of troop movements. His film was confiscated and he was released only by the efforts of an American hotel operator.

100 years ago (1919)

In a telegram to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wood, Tom Wood wired from Los Angeles that he has severed connections with Charlie Chaplin’s film company and joined a new company that will feature Tom in comedy work. He will head home for a month’s vacation here.