• 20 years ago (1998)

Brainerd landed seven players on the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Football Team: Jared Reese, running back; Luke Zauhar, QB; Toby Warren, tight end; Luke Jacobson, offensive tackle; Joel Clough defensive back; Justin Bundy and Craig Katzenberger, linebackers.


  • 30 years ago (1988)

Cutting a 300-year-old elm tree on the south shore of Leech Lake drew a crowd of 100 onlookers for the 3-hour process. Chain saw artist Jerry Faber will cut a 16-foot section into a memorial for Save the Whales group in memory of the three gray whales trapped in Arctic ice.


  • 40 years ago (1978)

Jim Thompson, resident of Gladstone Lake since 1945, is still actively involved in trapping, having raised a family of six on bounties. This year he has 5 raccoons, 17 fox, 25 coyote, 20 skunk and 20 muskrat. Pelt prices go to $80 for red fox and $60 for coyote.


  • 60 years ago (1958)

The original story said an ambulance driver was stopped by the Highway Patrol, looked in the back and said, "Looks like I forgot the patient." He says that isn't true. He was headed south to pick up two patients when he was called back to take a patient with him, saving time the next day.


  • 80 years ago (1938)

By the slender margin of one vote, the city council and mayor decided not to support the action of the League of Municipalities to sponsor the right of citizens to vote on having a municipal liquor store. The vote was tied at four-all when Mayor Creger cast the tie-breaker.


  • 100 years ago (1918)

A general strike was called this morning at 7 a.m. for all paper manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada awaiting a decision by the War Labor Board. The Northwest Paper Co. mill here joined the strike until the board decides on the labor rate for workers.