20 years ago (1980)
Today is opening day for the big Commerce and Industry Show that will continue until Saturday afternoon. The nearly 100 booths on display point out that this area is filled with diversified industries that touch the lives of almost everyone in one way or another.
30 years ago (1970)
A grass fire that jumped Highway 1 and burned across a meadow destroyed 30 stacks of hay on the Donald Johnson farm, located about 11 miles north of Pillager.
40 years ago (1960)
More than 30 Brainerd business and professional men attended today's meeting of the County Commissioners as a body to ask that considerations be given to using the old Post Office site for off-street parking.
60 years ago (1940)
Repair of sidewalks torn up or cracked when storm sewers were laid has begun in various sections of the city, WPA officials announced today.
80 years ago (1920)
William Graham of Brainerd, in his trusty car Sunday afternoon was the Paul Revere who saved the passenger train. As he drove past Baxter he saw 50,000 birch ties on fire. The ties had been piled along the track and flames had made the track so hot that it was warping. Mr. Graham sped through Pillager to head off the train in the nick of time.
100 years ago (1900)
F.B. Congdon reports his 50-acre field of grain up and looking fine, and also reports having sold 20 tons of hay this spring at $8 per ton. We have a few enterprising farmers up in this country.
-- Compiled by Bob Turcotte
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