20 years ago (1992)
No one’s suggesting going back to one-room schoolhouses, but debate on the optimum size for schools appears to be leaning in favor of smaller schools. That was the indication from experts speaking at a conference on school size held at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.
30 years ago (1982)
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating the possibility of PCBs at an Agate Lake salvage yard northwest of Brainerd. PCBs are sometimes found in cooling fluid used in electrical transformers, several of which are in the salvage yard.
40 years ago (1972)
A compromise solution on the White Sand-Red Sand lake water level problem was reached by the county board. It was decided a culvert on Red Sand would be lowered 6 inches for an emergency outlet, and the dam into White Sand would be raised 8 inches.
60 years ago (1952)
More than $7 million will be spent on construction of 200 70-ton ore cars at the NP Railway shops in Brainerd in 1953 and in purchase of 500 refrigerator cars. John Vanni, superintendent of the Brainerd shops, said there would be no additional employment.
80 years ago (1932)
Contracts for newsprint and other products manufactured at the Brainerd mill of the Northwest paper Co. mean the mill will run at or near full capacity in 1933. This should ensure employment of the full force of 115 men. This is welcome news for the city.
100 years ago (1912)
Between the hours of eight and nine p.m. last night, Edward Hammersten walked or fell off the Laurel Street bridge while on his way home. In the absence of any electric light the night was so dark you couldn’t see hand in front of face. He is seriously injured.