This was Brainerd — Dec. 20
20 years ago (1992)
A first-time entry won the commercial division while a Baxter tradition won the residential category in the Dispatch lighting contest. David and Paula Selisker won for their North Pole Express. Van Drake Law Firm won over the Holiday Inn.
30 years ago (1982)
(Photo) John Babcock, general manager of Group W Cable, recently gave 20 toys and $280 cash to Lt. Ken Harmon of the Salvation Army. Group W is offering free installation with a donation of toys or cash. The gifts will go to needy children.
40 years ago (1972)
Employees at Lakeland Color Press went back to work today after their two unions reached a new two-year contract with management. The union said there would be “substantial” wage increases, improved benefits and holidays, and a 37.5 hour week.
60 years ago (1952)
Superior reserve strength and a driving dynamo named Bill Selisker brought the Warriors their 3rd straight conference victory, 63-52 at Staples. Staples led through most of the first half but, when foul trouble made them turn to their reserves, Brainerd moved ahead.
80 years ago (1932)
Proposal for the construction of a storm sewer on Main Street to serve residents of the North side were indefinitely tabled after 30 property owners appeared before the council and said it was not feasible at this time. Attorney Don Ryan spoke for the residents.
100 years ago (1912)
Nels Anderson, who last year built the famous snow house at 1316 Pine Street, has some very good pictures of his artistic work in snow modeling, giving different views of the snow and ice palace. The pictures have been reproduced in many European newspapers.