20 years ago (1999)

The Baxter city council has accepted the petition for annexation by five Hwy 371 property owners for about 60 acres of land north of Baxter. The proposed site for Menard’s sits north and abuts the land that will be annexed if utilities can be extended there.

30 years ago (1989)

Dan and Yvonne Padrnos, owners of Gull Four Seasons Resort, have survived eating one of the most poisonous substances in nature - the death cap mushroom. Dan has picked and eaten mushrooms for 20 years without a mistake, until this one. They fell ill on Friday and finally recovered Tuesday.

40 years ago (1979)

(Photo) On May 17, 1905, a sleek sailing schooner named “Atlantic” left New Jersey and made the crossing of the Atlantic in 12 days, a record that still stands. Calif. native Dwight Brooks built a 10-foot model, precise in every detail, that currently sails in front of his Gull Lake summer home.

60 years ago (1959)

(Photo) The sign on the cooler at King’s Sports Shop says “Big Fish Inside,” and it’s true. This 17-14 northern caught at Mille Lacs Lake by Virgil Joiner of Illinois is proof. King’s reports two other 17-pound northerns and a 6-pound largemouth brought in this weekend.

80 years ago (1939)

Northwestern Bell knew they delivered 2,870 phone directories, but the Dispatch dug deeper. Andersons led with 55 listings, followed by 52 Petersons, 39 Johnsons and 25 Nelsons. Eleven names had just three letters each; the longest were VanValkenberg and Fenstermacher with 13 each.

100 years ago (1919)

A happy coincidence at the Dispatch office: Mrs. George Warner telephoned this morning to place an ad saying she lost her traveling bag. I.R. Strout was standing nearby at the Dispatch, and said, “Why, I found that bag yesterday.” Mrs. Warner will pick up her bag today. Dispatch ads work before they are even printed.