20 years ago (1993)
A few hundredths of an inch of rain last night created a skating rink in central Minnesota. Freezing rain forced out the sanding trucks while other vehicles went bump in the night. About a dozen non-injury accidents were reported by law enforcement officials.
30 years ago (1983)
The financial plight of the Pillager School District isn’t the worst in the state, but they rank 431st out of 438 districts. The only solution may be to lay off 11 part-time teachers from the school districts’ 30 teachers, reducing full-time equivalents from 29 to 24.5.
40 years ago (1973)
At least eight persons escaped with their lives when their snowmobiles went through the ice. Two machines went through the ice in 12 feet of water on Rush Lake. Three sleds, with two people on each, went into 72 feet of water on Cross Lake. All were at night.
60 years ago (1953)
The Aitkin Gobblers, pre-season favorite in both District 24 and Central 6 Conference, saw Brainerd limit their high-scoring Jim Samuel to four points instead of his average 21.7. But they got a one-point lead and stalled to a 46-43 win over the Warriors.
80 years ago (1933)
Come one, come all! This is your personal invitation to participate in the Dispatch second annual free cooking school, opening at the high school auditorium Tuesday and running for four days. Home economist Frances Northcross is back with a wealth of knowledge.
100 years ago (1913)
W. H. Cleary went to Minneapolis today with Dr. Fredrick. When Fredrick was out of earshot, Cleary whispered that the doctor was going to buy a six cylinder, 90 horsepower Mitchell car with all the latest trimmings.