20 years ago (1992)
Crow Wing County didn’t have to wait long for its 1992 New Year’s Baby, but the birth of Emmy Lee Tuomi at 4:56 a.m. marked the end of a long wait for parents Nathan and Mary Tuomi. They had been trying for three years. “It was a miracle,” said Mary.
30 years ago (1982)
The only problem with the growing popularity of cross-country skiing at French Rapids and the Paul Bunyan Arboretum is that it requires trails to be groomed much more often. That costs more than $2,000 per year, according to Brainerd Nordic Ski Club officials.
40 years ago (1972)
Two men have died of asphyxiation in their fish house on Upper Whitefish Lake. The men, from Waverly and Wayzata, apparently died on Tuesday night but weren’t discovered until Saturday. Their bottle gas stove was not properly vented.
60 years ago (1952)
Mr. and Mrs. John Thiel (Charleen Beebe), Nisswa, are the parents of the first baby born in Crow Wing County in 1952. Brett Leonard Thiel, weighing 7-11, was born at 8:24 p.m. yesterday. He is the first child for the Thiels, who operate a resort near Nisswa.
80 years ago (1932)
The home of Clem Ryan, 11 Kingwood Street, was held by judges in the Lions Club Christmas home decoration contest as being the most beautiful in Brainerd. Ryan receives a loving cup. Dr. G.I. Badeaux was second, and he’ll receive a waffle iron.
100 years ago (1912)
Two drunks, residents of the country, who imbibed too much New Year’s cheer in the form of liquid refreshment, were given choice of a fine or five days each by Judge Warner. Since they were out of cash they will spend the time in the city bastille.