20 years ago (1992)
At Washington Middle School, school lunch has gone the way of grocery stores and libraries. Each student is issued a bar-coded, plastic card with a 4-digit code to keep track of their lunches. When their balance is down to two lunches, they get a reminder.
30 years ago (1982)
While it may never gain the fame of the old Chisholm Trail, residents along Hwy 169 are beginning to think of it as a modern day cattle trail. People south of Garrison are trying to round up 14 head that fell off Jim Johnson’s truck. Eight are still at large after a week.
40 years ago (1972)
A 20-year-old Wisconsin man narrowly escaped death when his snowmobile went through the ice on Cross Lake, just beyond the public landing. Diver Bill Matthies, who recovered the machine, said 75 percent of the machines he recovers are from that lake.
60 years ago (1952)
(Photo) Carl Peterson of the Lions Club, and Clinton Waters, Rotarian, played a horn duet at the Salvation Army kettle outside Citizens State Bank during the service club drive for Christmas funds. They collected $207 and Rotarians won for the 5th year.
80 years ago (1932)
A brighter and more cheery Christmas has been assured for seven of the 15 neediest families in the county. They have been adopted from the list published by the Dispatch and given by Miss Lottie Odell of the county child welfare bureau. Eight families to go.
100 years ago (1912)
At the John T. Imgrund cigar factory at 323 S. 6th Street, four men are busy manufacturing the various brands of cigars Brainerd is famous for. The 10-cent cigars are the Commodilla, Nemo and Belle of Brainerd. The 5-centers are Extra Five and Boosters.