20 years ago (1992)
Brainerd City Council member Ray Charpentier, known for his thoroughness and his flair for quick quips, announced his decision not to seek re-election. He hopes his early announcement will stir hopefuls. “We need good citizens to step forward,” he said.
30 years ago (1982)
Brainerd’s lawn owners can once again get their water sprinklers out this evening as the city lifted a week-long sprinkling ban. The ban was placed July 23 when the pump on Well No. 7 burned out. A temporary rig is now in place and the well is operating.
40 years ago (1972)
A passing highway patrolman helped save the life of a 13-year-old boy who had been stung by a bee and was having a violent reaction. Sgt. Lee Holbrooke was flagged down by the boy’s family near Mille Lacs Lake and raced him to the Onamia Hospital.
60 years ago (1952)
King’s Sporting Goods polished off the Staples VFW 18-7, setting up a City Softball League game of championship proportions between the 6-1 King’s and 7-0 Moose team. Staples kept pace with King’s early on until Buddy Smilonich crushed a 3-run homer.
80 years ago (1932)
A Dispatch representative visited the local hobo camp – or “jungle” – down on the river bottom, to see how the 30 inhabitants lived. Many wanted work but there are no jobs, they don’t starve but have no banquets, and they sleep in boxcars and on park benches.
100 years ago (1912)
The Graham ice cream making establishment is working overtime keeping pace with the demand for cream. On July 4th they made and sold 250 gallons. Last Friday and Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Graham made 110 gallons. Their place at 412 S. 6th Street is a busy one.ww