From the Archives: July 20 in the Pioneer
What was printed on this day 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
10 years ago
July 20, 2012 -- Diamond Point Park in Bemidji has officially reopened, following extensive cleanup efforts that were required after a severe storm with 80 mph winds toppled over 80 large trees throughout the park on July 2. The pavilion near the end of the point is the only area that still requires work, and it will remain closed until further notice.
25 years ago
July 20, 1997 -- A Cass Lake man was arrested for armed robbery after he allegedly punched a cashier at Pete’s Place South and took $202 from the cash register. After recovering, the cashier called the authorities and law enforcement apprehended the suspect after a short foot chase.
50 years ago
July 20, 1972 -- Paul Bunyan briefly got a guitar to match his stature when what’s been called the world’s largest playable guitar came to Bemidji as a part of its national tour. Taken to Paul for a photo, the $5,000 guitar stands nine feet tall and weighs over 80 pounds. It will be on display at the Melody Shop for the remainder of its stay in town.
100 years ago
July 20, 1922 -- A stockpile of stolen goods has been found by county authorities in a shack 10 miles south of Blackduck. After reports have been growing from area residents who have missed automobile parts, carpets, shovels and other items, the stash has at last been located. The perpetrators of the theft have yet to be apprehended.