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20 years ago (1990)

The 14-year-old community gardens project near the state hospital on Highway 18 is now a non-profit corporation. The 40-acre site was named after the late Charlie Peterson, and allowed 54 gardeners to plant 95 plots of fruits, vegetables and flowers last summer.

30 years ago (1980)

Brainerd's first significant snowfall left a string of fender-bender collisions and ditched cars in its wake, with local law enforcement reporting at least 29 accidents in the area. No injuries were reported in the mishaps.

40 years ago (1970)

(Photo) Lights are going up through downtown Brainerd as Brainerd city crews are busy decorating the streets with the annual Christmas finery. They were a little late this year as some of the decorations didn't arrive in time for a Thanksgiving lighting.

60 years ago (1950)

The oldest fireman in point of years and service in the Brainerd Volunteer Fire Dept. has retired. Edward Orvig, 73, who had 51 years active service in Hose Co. No. 1, was guest at a dinner at Harold's Club. When he began, there was horse-drawn equipment.

80 years ago (1930)

Believing that a dog was stealing his meat, Joe Fleischhacker, West Brainerd, took down a .38 caliber rifle from his wall and shot the dog in the hind leg. Officer Erick Graff arrested him for shooting within the city. He was fined $10; the dog will recover.

100 years ago (1910)

W. E. Pussyfoot Johnson, federal agent, announced that all 28 saloons in Bemidji would be wiped out within 48 hours to comply with the liquor prohibition in the Indian treaty of 1855. Saloons in Brainerd may remain open until next weekend.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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