20 years ago (2001)
The Minn. Dept. of Health has not been able to identify the cause of an outbreak of viral stomach illness suffered by more than 35 people at a Rotary luncheon at the Moose Club. There were no illnesses reported by anyone eating at the club either before or after the Dec. 26 event, and the Moose Club was not forced to close.
30 years ago (1991)
From his lake shore retirement home near Garrison, retired Gen. John W. Vessey said the Gulf War appears to be going well. In a phone interview he said it looks to be well planned and executed. Saddam Hussein, he said, knows he can't win militarily, but hopes to win politically by breaking the coalition.
40 years ago (1981)
(Edit.) A good program is in trouble in Brainerd and deserves the support of the general public. The program is Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Gary Kroeger told of the dire financial straits due to past problems in an interview with the Dispatch. We hope the public steps up to help with donations.
60 years ago (1961)
With their high scorer, Dale Brown, riding the bench with four fouls, the Warriors showed they had what it takes to stop talented St. Cloud Tech 62-54. Wolff and Pilantz combined for 43 for Tech, but Russ Akre and Bob Rofidal each had 15 for Brainerd, and Bob Sheflo with 13 and Bill Laumann with nine backed them up.
80 years ago (1941)
The Warrior basketball team is doing it the hard way, winning its last three games by a total of four points. First, against Staples, 37-35, then against C-I, 27-26, and last night against Bemidji – unbeaten in nine games – by a score of 28-27. Again the hero was Gene Brandt, who stole a pass and made the winning shot with seconds to spare.
100 years ago (1921)
The hoist which was used to lift stonework at the new county court house was taken to the railroad this morning to be returned to the contractor's headquarters in Minneapolis. The hoist weighs about eight tons and it required two teams of horses to haul it to the railway.