20 years ago (1999)

The two inmates who escaped from the county jail six days ago, by chiseling through glass blocks on a cell wall, are back in custody. Jon Berg and Jason Anker, in the company of their attorneys, surrendered to Sheriff Dick Ross in the parking lot at Perkins Restaurant after an intensive manhunt.

30 years ago (1989)

After an hour of spirited debate, the county board voted 4-1 to create tax increment financing and economic development districts for the proposed MacMillan Bloedel wood products plant near Deerwood. The board room was filled with people on both sides of the issue.

40 years ago (1979)

Two new employees have joined the Dispatch staff. Tom Crawford, 34, now with the Bemidji Pioneer, has been named city editor at the Dispatch. Tim Bogenschutz, 29, formerly with the Albert Lea Tribune, has joined the Dispatch staff as an ad salesman.

60 years ago (1959)

More than 100 uniformed officers of the Minn. Highway Patrol formed an honor guard at the funeral of Ray Krueger, first officer to die in an auto crash in the history of the patrol. They said he was the patrol's best driver, with more than a million accident-free miles on his record.

80 years ago (1939)

A flying school in charge of a licensed instructor could be a reality here the Jaycees were told. An Alexandria man outlined the plans and said he has talked to city councilmen about the need for an adequate hangar and municipal airport that could draw summer tourist air traffic.

100 years ago (1919)

A district court jury has found for the city in the case of Tressa Novik, age 9, who sued the city for $2,550 for a broken arm, claiming she fell on a defective board on the sidewalk on cemetery hill. The city had five children testify that Novik was riding down the hill on her coaster wagon when the accident occurred.