20 years ago (1991)
Burglars who forced their way into the Public Safety Building at the fairgrounds got less than they hoped for. They stole only two display cases containing examples of controlled substances. But the drug samples inside were all fakes, and the cases were discarded.
30 years ago (1981)
(Adv.) Crystal Farms large eggs - doz. 48 cents; Maxwell House Coffee - 2 lb. can $3.39; Pure Crisco Oil - 38 oz. bottle - $1.88; Center Cut Pork Chops - lb. $1.58. National Food Stores - Brainerd.
40 years ago (1971)
(Photo) Shown here are the top two winners in the annual Walker Muskie Derby, held last week. Bill Burdick, Minneapolis landed the winner, weighing in at 34 pounds, 9 ounces.
60 years ago (1951)
It was a long and tiring blueberry trail for two Brainerd men, Lloyd Seeger and Police Chief Tom Templeton. They parked and locked Seeger's car near Leader, but while they were picking berries the car was stolen. They hitchhiked to Motley and caught the train to Brainerd.
80 years ago (1931)
While Gov. Floyd B. Olson is a guest of Game and Fish Commissioner W. D. Stewart at his cottage on Gull Lake, Olson's 10-year-old daughter, Patricia, made a call on the Dispatch office. She showed us her dolly, Patsy Anne, one of nine she brought with her.
100 years ago (1911)
The state forestry board has decided to erect fire towers in places where there is no commanding view of the country. Most of the towers will be of wood. A 40-foot steel tower will be set on a hill near Brainerd and no better place could be found than Ahrens Hill.