20 years ago (1992)
Three late entrants bring the number of competitors in today’s Citizen Bee to 43 students representing 16 area schools. Winners of the contest, sponsored by the Brainerd Dispatch, will go on to the state meet in May. Winners there will go to Washington, D.C. in June.
30 years ago (1982)
(Photo) A rarity has occurred at the Helen and Alan Cahoon farm near South Long Lake, where quadruplet goats were born. Even more uncommon is that all four of the goats were female. The Swiss breed goats are all doing well.
40 years ago (1972)
(Adv.) Come to a Real Irishman’s St. Patrick’s Day Party! Irish Mulligan Stew, Green Beer and Green Buns. Music by “Doc and the Little Green Standards.” Jim Bo’s Supper Club – 4 miles North on Highway 371.
60 years ago (1952)
Chief Aviation Mate Leo Marchel, whose wife lives at 716 Fir Street, crash landed his TBM torpedo bomber on a beach near Yokosuka, Japan. He was not injured. The WWII vet is stationed in Japan and was earlier at Guam. His brother, Joe, is on the city council.
80 years ago (1932)
While Merrifield villagers stood helpless due to lack of firefighting equipment, a spectacular fire destroyed the Wigwam tourist hotel. Mrs. Bronson, proprietor and lone occupant during the winter, managed to save antiques from the 16-room building.
100 years ago (1912)
One of the interesting developments in mining on the Cuyuna Iron Range is the reported strike of high grade manganese made on Section 33, four miles west of Cuyuna. The ore was struck at 60 feet and the drill was still in high grade ore at 170 feet. The site may cover 12 acres.