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This was Brainerd - March 7


20 years ago (1993)

Garrison firefighter Scott Lorentz pushed up his helmet and surveyed the smoldering remains of the Blue Goose Inn on Mille Lacs Lake. “It’s the end of an era,” he said. It caught fire at midnight as 100 patrons drank and danced to the Muddy Waters band.

30 years ago (1983)

(Photo) Tom Bercher, a Brainerd builder, was recently elected vice president of the Minnesota State Builders Association in St. Paul. The association has about 1,600 members. Bercher is president of the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association.

40 years ago (1973)

Mrs. Albin Everson of Iron Hub told the Dispatch she would be on hand when her son, LtCol. David Everson, returning POW, lands at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis. Everson was held by the North Vietnamese since he was shot down in 1967.

60 years ago (1953)

Know Your Policemen (a series): A life-long resident of Brainerd, Police Chief Louis Rofidal, 44, lives at 724 S. 5th Street with his wife Berniece and two sons, Richard and Robert. He has been with the force 14 years, and enjoys hunting and fishing.

80 years ago (1933)

Brainerd merchants today led the way to stimulating courage and optimism in the face of the nationally mandated bank holiday which closed all banks. Ads in this edition of the Dispatch show many merchants willing to extend credit and accept local checks.

100 years ago (1913)

The smoke house at the rear of the O’Brien Mercantile Co. burned to the ground yesterday afternoon, and with it went several hams burned to a crisp. The best the clerks could do was to prevent the spread of the flames.

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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