- 20 years ago (1999)
People may feel the urge to build an ark. Rainfall at the Gull Lake Dam is 6.21 inches as of May 12, and the 30-year average is 3.1 inches for the entire month. Gull Lake is six inches higher than normal, and it is only the sixth time it has been this high since 1912.
- 30 years ago (1989)
Brainerd police shot and killed a black bear at the corner of 7th and Kingwood Streets at about 2 a.m. yesterday after continued efforts to scare it back toward the river and woods failed. Tom Mehr said he had four officers in four squad cars using sirens and flashing lights to scare the bear.
- 40 years ago (1979)
In a phone call to the Dispatch, a disconsolate Scott LeDoux said he won the last two rounds and "could not have lost that fight," after losing a split decision to Ron Lyle in a heavyweight bout in Las Vegas. LeDoux claims that Lyle hit him four times after the bell but the referee wouldn't call it.
- 60 years ago (1959)
(Photo) The walleye and northern season opens in two days, but the trout season is already thriving. Arlen Simi, Brainerd, shows off the 2.5-pound and 2-pound rainbows he caught at Blue Lake near Aitkin. It's one of several lakes the DNR poisoned out and stocked with trout.
- 80 years ago (1939)
Breaking the seven-year reign of Brainerd as District 24 track champions, Staples took the meet with 67.5 points to the Warriors' 59.5. No other team was close. Carl Englert, Brainerd's discus thrower, set a new district record with a throw of 128-10.
- 100 years ago (1919)
The Brainerd Elks Lodge will welcome home their World War heroes with a luncheon on May 15. There will be speeches by a number of well known local orators, a community sing and solos by several men, including S.F. Alderman and Al Mraz.