20 years ago (1994)
The Brainerd Jaycees fourth annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza is billed as the “Hottest Day in Ice Fishing.” Extravaganza chairman Don Ryan joked that it would be “30 degrees, sunny and no wind.” Actual temps will be between 7 and 13 below zero.
30 years ago (1984)
After 58 years as a city fixture on 6th Street, the Brainerd Elks Lodge is on its way to a new home. The members voted to lease the Bang Printing building at 4th and Laurel Streets, across from the court house. The Elks built their current building in 1926.
40 years ago (1974)
A welcome break in frigid winter temperatures has, hopefully, signaled the end of below zero weather that began Dec. 30. From then through Jan. 13 the average low temperature hovered at -24 degrees, with the low a bone-chilling, car-stopping -37 on New Year’s.
60 years ago (1954)
(Jim Wallace column) Sunday is the date of the annual Mound ice fishing contest on Cook’s Bay of Lake Minnetonka. Last year it attracted 5,000 fishermen and top prize is a new car. One has to wonder why this area has never had such an ice fishing classic.
80 years ago (1934)
The Brainerd post office has received a ruling from the Postmaster General against the use of letter boxes for any material not having postage. Complaints resulted from boxes being stuffed. Postage has been reduced from 3 cents to 2 cents for local letters.
100 years ago (1914)
Jacob Kaupp, riding his wheel (bicycle) last night, was chilled and dazed by a blast of wintry wind. Wearing a loose fitting cap which cut off his view, he bumped into the curb near his store and struck a telephone pole, suffering several scalp wounds.