This Was Brainerd - Dec. 29
20 years ago (1997)
A rash of fish house burglaries landed two suspects in jail after a swim in North Long Lake. The two men broke into several fish houses on Sunday, but escaped. On Monday, their truck hit a fish house. When they pushed it away, they fell into the fishing hole. They survived, but were captured.
30 years ago (1987)
Installation of baseball lights at Don Adamson Field has been voted the top local sports story for 1987. More than $70,000 was donated by the Brainerd Moose, American Legion, VFW, Sports Boosters and Eagles Clubs. The formal dedication was on June 29.
40 years ago (1977)
Police think a car chase where two juveniles were arrested near Onamia is connected to the robbery of the 3rd Avenue Grocery here at 10 p.m. last night. A man wearing a stocking cap and scarf around his face entered the store, roughed-up the woman on duty and escaped with $100.
60 years ago (1957)
After starting the season with five wins, Brainerd lost its second in a row, 70-60 to a taller Willmar team. Jimmy Brown and Tony Mudford combined for 32 points and John Emerson had 17. But the Warriors, ahead 56-55 with 5:33 to play, were outscored 15-4 to the final whistle.
80 years ago (1937)
Residents of the Brainerd area are heartily in favor of action by Congress to keep the United States out of war. The Dispatch, cooperating with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has printed ballots that can be mailed to VFW headquarters indicating your anti-war sentiment.
100 years ago (1917)
Leslie "Bullet Joe" Bush, recently acquired from the Philadelphia Athletics by the Boston Red Sox, now sees an offer by the Chicago White Sox to buy his contract for $50,000. Brainerd's cannon ball hurler is also a good hitter and is fast on the base paths.