AUGUST 24 20 years ago (1996) In an era of cost over-runs and construction delays, Central Lakes College will be ready when students arrive next week. And, there's a little money left over on the $24.7 million project. This is the first year Brainerd Community College and Brainerd Tech College are on the same campus. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 21 20 years ago (1996) The Glenwood Drive road closing is not a done deal, said the Baxter city council. The council had voted to put up barricades from May through September due to residents' complaints of increased use and high speeds. They will look for a permanent solution after September. 30 years ago (1986) Through vigorous investigation and prosecution, Crow Wing County is trying to recover funds lost through welfare fraud. One of only ten counties to have a full-time fraud investigator, the county opened 185 cases in 1984 and 231 in 1985.
AUGUST 19 20 years ago (1996) Jack Ruttger, owner-operator of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, will be inducted into the Minn. Hospitality Hall of Fame with five others in late October. Ruttger was appointed to the first White House conference on tourism and was named 1989 Minn. Resorter of the Year. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 22 20 years ago (1996) The county fair would like its 100th Birthday in 1997 to mark the completion of two vital projects. A number of people met with county fair board members to discuss fund raising to build a new public safety building with new bathrooms, and to make improvements to the grandstand. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 18 20 years ago (1996) Domestic violence has captured the attention of central Minnesotans with the recent deaths of at least three area women. In each case, the estranged husband was accused in the death. A half dozen women spoke to the Dispatch this week about their concerns with violence. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 17 20 years ago (1996) The Minn. Court of Appeals affirmed a district court decision that the county board acted arbitrarily in setting salaries for assistant county attorneys. The suit was originally filed by then-County Attorney Jack Graham, who said experience and qualifications were not taken into account. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 16 20 years ago (1996) While many of us were golfing, boating or fishing this summer, one dedicated group tackled the dry subject of tax reform. After three months of meetings, the group will present its findings in a presentation at the Brainerd Armory. The public is invited. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 15 20 years ago (1996) It's more unique than a hole-in-one, but the golfer that does it gets little more than a pat on the back or maybe a buck from his buddies. During league night at Pine Meadows in Brainerd, Rick Harms shot a course record 65, 7 under par, and beat his long-time buddy Vern Moore. 30 years ago (1986)
AUGUST 14 20 years ago (1996) Just days after being honored as Crow Wing County's Outstanding Female Senior Citizen, Inez Israel lost her long-time battle against cancer. Israel, 83, who gave so much to others, died surrounded by her family at her Crosslake home. 30 years ago (1986) The proposed Blue Water Line excursion railroad was sidetracked today after the city council rescinded an earlier vote to form a regional railway authority needed to accept the donation of track and roadbed from the BN. The council asked the county to form the authority.
AUGUST 12 20 years ago (1996) In the annual media races at North Central Speedway, the battle was on between Radio 103.5 FM and the Dispatch. The Dispatch's Denny Newman took first in Pure Stock, while the Dispatch's Steve Kohls, Carl Specht and Stacy Witt did a 1-2-3 sweep in Street Stock. 30 years ago (1986) (Photo) Al Perlin, guide Lenny Hodgson and Greg Larson show the fish that won them the title in Lakeshore Rod and Gun Club's first fishing tournament on Gull Lake. Fifteen guides donated half-day trips for the 45 participants and $1,000 was raised.