This was Brainerd- Feb. 4


20 years ago (1991)

(Photo) Jon Webster of Cottage Grove finishes the Lumberjack Jaunt cross country ski race wearing shorts at the Brainerd Golf Club. Temperatures hit 45 degrees Sunday. 


30 years ago (1981)

Flanked by four armed guards, his wrists and feet manacled, convicted fire bomber John Rieck returned to Brainerd to claim his prison sentence is too long. He's served four years of a 15-30 year sentence for assault, arson and witness tampering.

40 years ago (1971)

(Photo) Earl Saign, a highway patrolman since 1936, turned in his badge to Captain Ralph Potvin today and retired from the patrol. Saign started with the patrol when motorcycles were used on area highways.

60 years ago (1951)

A 26-year-old Cuyuna man faces charges of armed robbery and is bound over to district court. He and a 55-year-old friend were in a restaurant and he offered him a ride home. Instead he drove him four miles out of Crosby, pulled a pistol and robbed him of $300.

80 years ago (1931)

Pansies blossoming in Crow Wing County in February? It's the truth. Mrs. P. J. Gregerson picked blooms in her garden yesterday. Reports of lilac bushes budding are received; men pitch horseshoes, girls play tennis as this most unusual winter continues.

100 years ago (1911)

F. S. Parker and John Carlson came in from Parkerville yesterday. The mayor was tenderly carrying a case of eggs, and Mr. Carlson proudly toted a can of pure maple syrup, laid and made, respectively, in Parkerville.

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 — 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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