20 years ago (1991)
Despite vocal opposition from local garbage haulers, the city council decided to issue a collection license to Browning-Ferris Industries. Attorney Chuck Steinbauer, representing Poor Gary's Disposal, said local haulers fear being squeezed out by a huge national firm.
30 years ago (1981)
In order to trim a half million dollars off the county payroll, Crow Wing County commissioners plan to cut 100 employees during 1982. Chair Al Hauge and Commissioner Mary Koep were appointed to pinpoint areas where cuts are made.
40 years ago (1971)
(Photo) A plaque was installed at St. Paul's Episcopal Church designating the site as the location of Brainerd's first church. Bill Friday did the installation as a Boy Scout merit badge project, assisted by George McDonald, who handles the church's renovation work.
60 years ago (1951)
(Adv.) Now Showing at the Brainerd Theatre: See Mark Stevens and Rhonda Fleming starring in “Little Egypt,” the dance that rocked the World's Fair. At the Paramount Theatre it's “Fort Worth,” starring Randolph Scott and Phyllis Thaxter.
80 years ago (1931)
Brainerd was a “boom town” in 1881, population of 14,000. It had been platted in 1870, when the NP Railway chose this spot to cross the river. And, it was 50 years ago when the First National Bank opened its doors. The birthday celebration will be on Saturday.
100 years ago (1911)
Wendell Heighton, manager of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, spent an enjoyable time at Mille Lacs Lake, hunting and fishing. He returned with 19 partridges and there will not be much doing at rehearsals as he tells his tales of the glorious north woods.