20 years ago (1992)
Former county attorney, veteran and community leader Carl Erickson died Jan. 13 at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. He was 80 and a Brainerd resident. He was known for his work as an attorney and as an officer in the U. S. Army and Minnesota National Guard.
30 years ago (1982)
Fire Chief Ray Shortridge informed a stunned city council committee that he intends to retire in the near future after 25 years service, opening a way for Brainerd to cut back on 1982 expenses. The city is facing an 11 percent reduction in local government aid.
40 years ago (1972)
A warming trend appeared to be on the way after the area was numbed by the coldest official reading here in many years — a mark of 43 below zero. Other area readings were colder, including Walt Stark at the Land & Forestry office in Pillager recording 49 below.
60 years ago (1952)
(Photo) The emblem of the 194th Tank Battalion, 47th Infantry Division, decorates the lawn in front of H & S Company headquarters at Camp Rucker, Alabama. The tankers will mark a year of active service tomorrow, after being called up due to war in Korea.
80 years ago (1932)
Youthful aviation enthusiasts are fast cultivating the necessary ground work for “airploits” of the future. Three models displayed in the Dispatch window evidence the precise work of Billy McCollough and Frank Wright, who plan a model with 6-foot wings.
100 years ago (1912)
Michael Flynn of Ironton was in Brainerd today seeing about mining matters. It is on his land where a shaft will soon be put down. Flynn currently receives royalties of $3,000 a year, soon to increase to $7,500. The town of Manganese is platted near his place.