20 years ago (1991)
Brainerd City Planner Al Cottingham said that the city council and planning commission agreed that Brainerd must be pro-growth. He said Brainerd might be missing opportunities because it does not have large parcels of land for development.
30 years ago (1981)
A second airline will offer two flights daily from Brainerd to the Twin Cities beginning Feb. 1. At a short meeting, the Airport Commission voted to accept Mesaba Airlines offer. Bob Ryan and Herb Thiesse were absent. Republic is the other current air carrier.
40 years ago (1971)
John Chalberg, president of Brainerd Junior College, today denied charges by the Selective Service System that the college is one of a group that doesn't cooperate with local draft boards. Chalberg said he has been told Brainerd has been cooperating.
60 years ago (1951)
A razzle-dazzle scoring exhibition by Brainerd's Art Tangwall, that accounted for 24 points in the last half, wasn't enough to help the Raiders stop unbeaten Hibbing JC, losing by a 72-69 score. Tangwall darted around the floor like an uncorked demon.
80 years ago (1931)
H.L. Stearns, former county road foreman, was found guilty of forgery by a district court jury at 2 p.m. today. The jury got the case at 6 p.m. yesterday and deliberated for 20 hours straight. Stearns was the second of those indicted by the grand jury to be tried.
100 years ago (1911)
The Brainerd Dispatch was the first to receive the news of Judge Willard's decision to lift the ban on liquor sales in Indian territory imposed by Indian agent Pussyfoot Johnson. All 26 saloons have re-opened and estimate their losses due to closure at $30,000.
-Compiled by Terry McCollough