20 years ago (1999)

The trucks are ready to roll to start building the Hwy 371 Brainerd bypass, but first MnDOT needs a conditional use permit from Baxter. That will allow them to move 25,000 dumptruck loads of sand from the 6.4-mile route, with another 25,000 loads south of the river in Crow Wing Township.

30 years ago (1989)

Charles Knox, 27, was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing Michael Mahoney, 34, of Nisswa. In a 10-page hand-written statement, Knox said he didn’t do it and was failed by an imperfect court system. He quoted Shakespeare, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Socrates.

40 years ago (1979)

William Sullivan, a Brainerd man who claimed Officer Randy Bush beat him while in custody, has received a $5,000 settlement from Brainerd’s insurance company - according to Dispatch sources - for injuries he received. The city refused to confirm the amount of the award.

60 years ago (1959)

With Jerry Lyscio returning, the Moose Red Sox made a run at the Pony League-leading Carmen Pirates, but the thrilling pitchers’ duel was called by darkness at 1-1 after six innings. Lyscio walked one and struck out 15, but Bob Dwyer of the Carmen did exactly the same.

80 years ago (1939)

The county historical society will hold their annual picnic July 17 at Gull River, the site of one of the largest logging and milling centers in the area, and one which preceded the founding of Brainerd. Principal speaker will be Louise Barrett, first teacher at the Gull River school.

100 years ago (1919)

Supreme Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, C.S. Davies, accompanied by the Supreme Keeper of Records and Seal, the Grand Chancellor, and the Supreme Representative, will visit White Cross Lodge No. 30 in Brainerd on July 16. A large attendance is hoped for to welcome them.