20 years ago (2000)
The opening date for travel on the new C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway has changed. According to MnDOT, only the southbound lanes of the Hwy 371 bypass will open late on Aug. 9, the date of dedication ceremonies. The northbound lanes are likely to open on Aug. 11th.
30 years ago (1990)
Under fire after admitting that he claimed to be a college grad when he wasn't on his employment application in 1985, Carter Kuehn resigned today as the county solid waste officer. Kuehn, who has many supporters and admitted the discrepancy on his own volition, said he would reapply for the job if it is re-posted.
40 years ago (1980)
Baxter moved into the fluoridation spotlight with the revelation that fluoride is being added to its water supply, and has been since March 24. Earl Johnson, water superintendent, said Mayor Stan Smith told him to start adding the chemical. But Smith told the Dispatch yesterday he never gave any such order.
60 years ago (1960)
(Adv.) Now showing at the Paramount Theatre, see “Elmer Gantry,” starring Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons. Coming soon, it's “From the Terrace,” featuring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. At the Gull Drive-In Theatre see all the romance and songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “South Pacific.”
80 years ago (1940)
With khaki-clad national guardsmen and army soldiers on every street corner, and patronizing scores of Brainerd businesses, Brainerd felt the first impact of the 45,000 troops that will be at Camp Ripley for the next three weeks. Brainerd's 34th Tank Co. will be among them.
100 years ago (1920)
Phillip Reno, NP Railway bridge and building carpenter, was struck by an auto on the Gull Lake Road and thrown into the ditch, unconscious. The offending driver didn't stop but continued his wild ride. Reno was discovered by a passing motorist, brought to a Brainerd hospital and revived. He has no broken bones.