40 years ago, Dec. 6, 1979

The Pequot Lakes boys basketball team picked up early-season victories over Isle and Walker.

Pequot Lakes Police Chief Don Snyder said the use of drugs by local youth is on the increase to the point that it has become “a matter of definite concern.”

30 years ago, Dec. 7, 1989

Area residents Loyl and Ev Stromberg discuss being in Hanover, West Germany, for a poultry show when the Berlin Wall fell.

Crosslake’s old city hall is demolished, giving way to a new post office being built at that location.

20 years ago, Dec. 9, 1999

The Minnesota State Board of Education voted unanimously to sponsor a charter school in Crosslake, overturning decisions by School District 186.

The school district lost three of its own in the same week. Longtime bus supervisor Dick Spielman lost his battle with cancer, while a high school student and former student died in separate crashes.

10 years ago, Dec. 10, 2009

Larry Knutson is named the Ideal Community Service Organization’s Volunteer of the Year.

The Patriot girls basketball team outscored its opponents by an average of 32 points and forced 45 turnovers in its first two games, beating Park Rapids and Brainerd.

- Compiled by Dan Determan, Staff Writer