20 years ago (2000)
Johanna Olson of Wadena, junior co-captain of the Luther College women's cross country team, finished a perfect season by winning the NCAA Div. III National Individual Championship. She had won every race during the season. Olson was Luther's second national champ in four years. Brainerd's Turena Johnson was national champ in 1996.
30 years ago (1990)
Scott Larson of Aitkin never got a holiday card like this one. But then, Scott has never spent the holidays camped in the Saudi Arabian desert with the 1st Cavalry Division. The Brainerd daycare center where his 4-year-old niece goes made a poster with handprints, names and phrases like “please come back,” and “we love you.”
40 years ago (1980)
Rohn Stark of Pine River, a punter for Florida State University, has been named an All-American by the Football Writers Assn. Stark is currently the nation's third-leading punter with a 45.7-yard average on 51 kicks.
60 years ago (1960)
Robert Lovmo, Merrifield, crashed his light plane at the Garrett Flying Service air strip near Pine River yesterday, but walked away with only a scraped knee. Cattle were using the south end of the field so he came in from the north, not seeing telephone wires in the dusk. They caught his wheels and flipped his plane nose first.
80 years ago (1940)
The county's colorful history and that of its most famous citizens will be put into permanent, easily accessible records through a federal WPA grant. The sum of $7,114 will be used to index ancient copies of the Brainerd Dispatch and Brainerd Tribune, and cross-indexes will be made. The history will be kept at the county historical society.
100 years ago (1920)
The Never Sweats football team defeated the Vernon Dieckhaus team by 18 to 3 on Nov. 20 at the Whittier School grounds. Jimmy Tinkelpaugh led the Never Sweats and Roland Golemboske the opponents. A delegation of the victors raced breathlessly to the Dispatch office with the score, but it was too late to make the Saturday edition.