20 years ago (1993)
About 20 people waited in line at the Brainerd Post Office to catch a glimpse of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. By the end of the day the new Elvis stamp had been sighted about 7,000 times. Nearly 200 people bought that many of the local allotment of 16,000 stamps.
30 years ago (1983)
The Republic Airlines turbo-prop that crashed at Brainerd’s airport Sunday night killed one person and injured several others, including a six-year-old girl who lost her foot. A prop, torn loose by the crash, ripped through the plane. The last fatal accident here was 1965.
40 years ago (1973)
The water quality of the Gull Lake chain of lakes is very good, says a report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The survey, taken during the summers of 1970 and 1971, showed all the lakes were in good shape, though Margaret was the poorest.
60 years ago (1953)
The C-I Rangers, who hadn’t beaten Brainerd since 1949, ruined that string for coach Fred Kellett Warriors with a 67-55 win that was a lot closer than the score. Hampering Brainerd was the injury to Bill Selisker, who played a few minutes with a single point.
80 years ago (1933)
Consummation of a deal whereby C.C. Van Essen acquires the property in which his café is located was announced today. The sale involves $12,000 and includes the two-story building housing Van’s Café and two smaller buildings facing Washington Street.
100 years ago (1913)
Fred Olson, of the Cuyuna Range Power Co. was out on his motorcycle checking the power lines. His pipe was in his coat pocket and, as he raced along, it caught fire. Fanned by the wind, his blazing coat tail streamed out like the tail of a comet. He was not hurt.