20 years ago (1999)

In 1987, Marty Hill was a 20-year-old college student when the Brainerd Braves last went to the amateur state baseball tournament. Today, Hill, 32, is still with the Braves as a player-manager and their DH. The Braves are in the finals of the Region 8C tournament now.

30 years ago (1989)

After a summer of taxation discontent, Minnesota is headed toward a special legislative session devoted to tax problems. Testimony at 10 hearings brought forward many complaints. State Sen. Don Samuelson, Brainerd, said, “Fairness in taxation is interpreted by people as how much they pay.”

40 years ago (1979)

Charges of a conspiracy in the city’s police controversy surfaced again as Acting Chief Ken Bjerkness said he has asked the state’s attorney general to investigate, and the conspiracy may include the county attorney’s office. County attorney Steve Rathke called the charges “frivolous.”

60 years ago (1959)

The Dispatch won a national citation from the Associated Press for news and photo coverage of the tragic fire at Breezy Point Resort. It was the only Minnesota paper to win such an award. City editor Bill Zickrick wrote the story and photographer Bruce Nelson took the photo.

80 years ago (1939)

A Brainerd-owned horse, Billy Jean, set a new state record for the half-mile in harness racing at the Rice County Fair in Faribault yesterday. The 4-year-old, owned by Mrs. S.J. Reman, clipped off the distance in 1:02.50. The horse has several more races set.

100 years ago (1919)

The lake that nature has formed on Front Street, between 8th and 9th Streets, should be platted on the map and given a name. Why should residents go ten miles out to a summer resort when we have such a wonderful lake attraction right in downtown Brainerd?