20 years ago (1990)
Brainerd Mayor-elect Bonnie Cumberland will be able to take office Jan. 2 as planned. County Attorney-elect Jack Graham had said she could not take office until Jan. 7, but found that the city charter prevails, which allows taking office the 1st secular day of the year.
30 years ago (1980)
Brainerd will play host to the 16th edition of the St. Paul Winter Carnival 500 Snowmobile Race on January 26 and 27. The third leg will begin in Bemidji and finish at Brainerd International Raceway. Racers will leave BIR the next morning for St. Paul.
40 years ago (1970)
Clarence Erickson, 78, an area resident for 74 years, has died at his home in Crosslake. He was employed for 48 years by the Army Corps of Engineers. He was dam tender at Crosslake from 1925 to 1933, and dam tender at Gull Lake from 1946 to 1960.
60 years ago (1950)
If materials are made available there will be a major program at the Northern Pacific shops here in 1951. The present order for 62 steel cabooses will be followed by an order for 100 covered hopper cars and 500 steel box cars, all early in the year.
80 years ago (1930)
The Minneapolis Tribune, under the heading “An Institution in Brainerd,” published an editorial lauding the Dispatch and its publisher, F. W. Wieland. “Perhaps the Dispatch is Brainerd's finest institution.” It represents Wieland's lifework in 47 years as publisher.
100 years ago (1910)
Paul Markee, of Pelican Lake, came to town this afternoon with three wolf skins. He collected $33 bounty money. The skins are in beautiful shape and would make a fine muff for some lady.