20 years ago (1999)

For 27 years they were close friends who had never met or heard each other's voice. From age 13, letters went back and forth between Australia and Minnesota as Erin Eastcott and Christina Welgraven became friends. This month they celebrated their 40th birthdays here in Minnesota.

30 years ago (1989)

Laura Jane Musser, a lumber heiress known as the First Lady of Little Falls, will be remembered for her many philanthropic efforts, friends say. She died at her home yesterday at age 73. She was the daughter of Richard Musser, partner of lumber baron C.A. Weyerhauser.

40 years ago (1979)

Gene Smart, an Alaskan bush pilot born and raised in Brainerd, has bagged a record-book moose. He'd spotted the moose several times while flying and, after shooting the 1,500-pound animal, had to pack it out a mile. The 71-inch rack scored 232-3/4 points in Boone and Crocket where the record is 255.

60 years ago (1959)

Barry Sorenson, who rushed for 914 yards and accumulated 1,700 yards when adding his pass receiving and kick returns, was named Warrior “Football Player of the Year” and Offensive Player of the Year. Tackle John Meyer was named Defensive Player of the Year, with 111 tackles.

80 years ago (1939)

The meanest hunter, at least in the Crosby area, shot Bambi and dragged her away. She was one of 20 deer in a fenced enclosure on the E.W. Hallett place, a tame deer that children adored and fed by hand. The “hunter” broke the fence Saturday and shot Bambi, leaving only her collar and bell.

100 years ago (1919)

Brainerd, where alcohol is forbidden due to its being located in Indian treaty territory, watches with interest as the rest of the nation goes dry tomorrow. It is a constitutional prohibition under the Volstead Act, and is an extension of the alcohol ban that existed during the great war.