21-year-old Backus woman killed in crash in Pine River


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This was Brainerd- Jan. 26


20 years ago (1991)

Waiting lists for rental apartments are common these days in Brainerd, but whether that's good or bad depends on your point of view. Property managers favor lists, and there are currently 300 on Brainerd's HRA list, plus more on private property lists.


30 years ago (1981)

(Photo) Walt Straka of Brainerd, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, recounted his 42 months in Japanese captivity as American hostages returned to freedom and families from captivity in Iran. The day of his release was “quite a day,” said Straka.

40 years ago (1971)

The Crow Wing County Board of Adjustment has unanimously denied an appeal of a planning commission decision approving a campground in the Hole-in-the-Day area of Gull Lake. Area property owners had appealed the decision to allow camping there.

60 years ago (1951)

Two firemen were injured today when a barrel of oil exploded in a burning garage. One was treated and released and the other remains at St. Joseph's Hospital. Fanned by wind, and aided by the oil, the garage burned to the ground and a nearby garage was damaged.

80 years ago (1931)

Boys playing with matches were believed to have started two small fires in Brainerd on Saturday night. The fire department was called to Dr. Hubbard's home to extinguish a fire in scrap lumber, then to Northeast to put out fire in a scrap dump.

100 years ago (1911)

A vicious dog kept by a resident of the north side pursued several ladies and children last night. It is a matter of some annoyance as well as danger when an animal presumes to guard the entire neighborhood and prevents use of a sidewalk.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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