20 years ago (1993)
Jon Jelacic of St. Paul, one of Brainerd’s most accomplished athletes, died at his Bemidji lake home. He was a captain of Brainerd’s 1954 state champion basketball team, who later played football for the Minnesota Gophers and several seasons in the NFL.
30 years ago (1983)
Defensive back Rob Veith, a sophomore from Brainerd, picked off three Hibbing passes, returning one for a 97-yard TD, as Brainerd Community College scored a 38-0 win. Brian Winters, a sophomore from Willmar, rushed for 203 yards and scored three times for BCC.
40 years ago (1973)
(Photo) District Forester Walt Stark stands in front of what he thinks is one of the largest White Pines in the state, located in Pillager State Forest. The mammoth tree, 46 inches in diameter and 65 feet high, is 200 years old. He says it may last only 20 more years
60 years ago (1953)
Brainerd area nimrods, loaded for their first hunting thrills of the season, take to the brush tomorrow for opening of the grouse season. Limits for ruffed grouse are 4 daily and 8 in possession. Limits for sharptail are 3 and 6. Snowshoe hare season also opens – no limit.
80 years ago (1933)
The body of a 65-year-old West Brainerd man was found dead in his bed at noon today by Police Chief Templeton and private investigator Roy Zierke. They had questioned him last week about whether he found the $1,030 lost by an elderly man several weeks ago.
100 years ago (1913)
Swan Berklund, whose farm is in Crow Wing Township, showed the Dispatch a sample of potatoes that is hard to beat – weighing from 1.5 to 2 pounds each, smooth and firm. He shipped 150 bushels today, with the yield per acre being 400 bushels.