20 years ago (1999)
(Photo) Her emotional and physical scars endured during the Holocaust aren't visible to her Crosby neighbors. But Anita Dittman, 72, a concentration camp survivor, is speaking out about the atrocities and miracles she experienced as a half-Jewish teenager under Hitler's rule.
30 years ago (1989)
Some maintain that the Cotillion Dance Club was started here by those that couldn't get into the Fifty Twosomes Club. But the latter club – the first in Brainerd – folded seven years ago – leaving Cotillion's 40 or so couples as survivors. They dance six times a year at various locations.
40 years ago (1979)
A homecoming win over Alexandria evened Brainerd's conference mark at 2-2 and put it at 4-3 on the season. Trailing 14-7 with seven minutes to go, Brainerd scored twice for a 22-14 win. The Warriors were dominant with 351 yards rushing to Alex's 207.
60 years ago (1959)
Dispatch city editor Bill Zickrick flew a wide swing around the lakes area with pilot John Riedl to survey the duck situation. Based on what he saw, the season opener today is going to be a bust. In addition to an overall shortage of ducks, many lakes had no birds.
80 years ago (1939)
The Brainerd Ladies Drum and Bugle Corps won 2nd place among all ladies' marching units in the Northwest Night Parade celebrating Minneapolis' centennial. Movie star Richard Carlson presented the $25 check. Lt. Gov. C. Elmer Anderson, Brainerd, led the huge parade.
100 years ago (1919)
Following a complaint made by local draymen using motor trucks, that the present ordinance favored horse-drawn vehicles, the city council ordered a revised ordinance drawn up. Now two-horse vehicles will pay a $5 license, one horse pays $3 and motor trucks pay $25.