20 years ago (1993)
Someone wielding a high-powered rifle fired more than 30 rounds at the Brainerd Dispatch building early this morning. About 20 windows were shot out and one bullet ruptured the heating system, exposing the building to sub-zero cold. There are no suspects.
30 years ago (1983)
A car and foot chase through Brainerd resulted in the arrest of two young alleged car thieves early Sunday. Police spotted the car, which had been stolen near Mille Lacs, on Laurel Street. The car did a 180-turn and sped at the police car, which had to escape in reverse.
40 years ago (1973)
A combination of mild weather and energy-minded consumers has given Brainerd’s oil dealers optimism for the winter season. Their oil supplies are based on last winter, a cold one, so they have been able to weather the national shortage from the oil embargo.
60 years ago (1953)
(Adv.) New Year’s Eve Dance at the Elks Ballroom. Dance to the Nat “Lotsa Papa” Towles Quintet – Sold Out! Ring out the Old Year, Ring in the New at DuDash’s Bar (Formerly Esser’s). Dance to Louie O’Day’s New Merry Jacks. No cover charge.
80 years ago (1933)
Brainerd, instead of shivering in the cold dip that started Dec. 24, was comparatively warm. Its low was 31 below on Dec. 26. The Gull Lake Dam showed 36 below on Dec. 27, and the Crosslake Dam registered 47 below zero on Christmas Day.
100 years ago (1913)
The current war in Old Mexico is noted in graphic style by Frank Herbert, son of Dick Herbert of Brainerd, who is serving with the Navy and is currently stationed at Tampico in the thick of the fighting. He says if we are to have a war then let’s get it over with.