20 years ago (1991)
Prince got them crazy, Arnold Schwarzenegger got them pumped up, Kirstie Alley cheered them on. But it took Anna Smith, 14, of Nisswa to ride a lift to the top of the Metrodome and light the Special Olympics torch to start the 1991 games.
30 years ago (1981)
What began as a clear-cut case took a bizarre twist today, when police discovered that a 16-year-old drowning victim apparently died before his body was placed in the Breezy Point Resort swimming pool. The victim was dragged 200 yards on the golf course.
40 years ago (1971)
Laurel B. Sand is retiring after 35 years as editor of the Crow Wing County Review weekly newspaper. His post will be filled by Steve Naumoff, formerly of Valparaiso, Ind. Sand began with the Review in 1936.
60 years ago (1951)
The new Mill Avenue bridge may now be used for traffic, said the highway department district engineer, H. C. Jahnke. The bridge is complete except for the railings and blacktop expected shortly, and people may use it at their own discretion.
80 years ago (1931)
We've been hearing all summer about big crappies, northerns and walleyed pike, but yesterday a prize German brown trout was on display in the window of Hostager's on Front Street. Ralph Lukens, of Main Street, caught it in Buffalo Creek, near Barrows.
100 years ago (1911)
Dick McLagan, the veteran engineer, proved himself a hero last night. Coming out of Little Falls toward Brainerd, the train hit a runaway horse just as it started across the Mississippi bridge. He managed to get the partially derailed engine and train to safety.