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Looking Back - June 26, 2014

40 years ago, June 27, 1974

From the Country Echo

Pequot-Nisswa opened scoring in the first inning against the Brainerd Braves when Pee Wee Thompson singled and Wayne Wallin doubled off the centerfield fence.

(Photo) June 29 marks the 25th anniversary of Brainerd’s Paul Bunyan Amusement Center. Shown standing with Babe the Blue Ox is owner Larry Lopp.

30 years ago, June 28, 1984

From the Country Echo

One of the “most beautiful drives in the state” is deteriorating, and Nisswa Mayor Dennis Lueck is attempting to reverse that trend with tighter county zoning between Brainerd and Pequot Lakes.

(Photo) Sandy Bacher, left, working her monthly shift at the Strawberry Patch in Pequot Lakes. Cathy Malecha, right, set up the cooperative style gift shop that features handmade items by 40 area artists.

20 years ago, June 30, 1994

From the Lake Country Echo

Gas prices have been a hot topic in the lake country recently. Prices here were $1.14 a gallon, compared to $1.01 in the Twin Cities, $1.07 in Aitkin and $1.17 in Garrison.

Jama Davidson is the new executive secretary of the Pequot Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Kathy Trees.

10 years ago, June 24, 2004

From the Lake Country Echo

(Photos) Above, Jim Oraskovich crowns Ed Larsen “King Bean” in an early Bean Hole Days ceremony. At right, Oraskovich, John Marchwick Sr., Larsen and John Marchwick pose with Bean Hole Days kettles.

(Photo) The Northern Lakes Sertoma Club donated $3,000 to Eagle View Elementary School to help fund the Soundfield Systems that each classroom is equipped with. Pictured with the system are Darren Larson, principal Don Lenzen, Brad Noyes, Cami Haberman and Mike Boen.