20 years ago (2001)

As of Wednesday morning, only 40 people had volunteered to help drill holes for the 11th Annual Jaycees $100,000 Ice Fishing event. Eighty were needed. But by sunrise on Friday, the whine of 92 ice augurs was heard on Gull Lake. Were the Jaycees worried they didn't have enough volunteers? “Absolutely not,” said chair Bob Slaybaugh.

30 years ago (1991)

Demonstrators both for and against the Persian Gulf war effort marched in separate groups but shared the sidewalk in front of city hall. About 50 people in all took part. It was an easy going affair marked by signs, flags and the honking horns of motorists. Children had the most fun, building snowmen behind the picketers.

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40 years ago (1981)

(Photo) Dwight Sherwood checks his watch prior to ringing the bells at noon today at the Pine River Methodist Church. He's done this for 14 months to support the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran. He hopes the word of a release agreement this morning will end his vigil. When released, he'll ring the bells for 30 minutes.

60 years ago (1961)

A continued downward trend in revenues for the NP Railway will result in the layoff of 402 men at the shops here. An estimated 90 percent of those furloughed will be eligible for unemployment benefits of $10.20 per day. Men have seven days to file and can collect a check every two weeks for 120 days.

80 years ago (1941)

Numbing cold gripped Brainerd today, dropping the temps to 26 below zero. This is the lowest reading in calendar year 1941, and ties the coldest so far this winter. Temperatures were rising by noon and relief is seen in the forecast for the next few days.

100 years ago (1921)

A.A. Arnold of the Water & Light Dept. told the Dispatch that homeowners had best get serious about leaks. Even a leak the width of a pencil lead will waste 180 gallons a day – costing the homeowner $2.16 a month. The new meters record every gallon, so residents should find and fix those leaks, avoiding waste.