20 years ago (2001)
Brainerd hosted the Minn. State Archery Assn. Indoor Tournament on April 7 and saw the first repeat champion in tournament history. John Schaffer, 31, Bloomington, stepped to the firing line at the Brainerd High School gym 12 times, shooting five arrows each time. He struck the bullseye 59 of 60 shots, winning by two points.
30 years ago (1991)
Participants in the Dispatch opinion poll at the recent Commerce and Industry Show: Opposed off-track betting by 69 percent to 31 percent; opposed having a two-tier state hockey tournament by 74 percent to 21 percent; and opposed extending bar closing hour from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. by 77 percent to 23 percent. Many added pithy comments.
40 years ago (1981)
The Bob Warner family of Barrows didn't even know their house was on fire. The Warners had come to Brainerd yesterday on business, and were forced to stay overnight when their car wouldn't start. When they returned this morning, all that was standing was their chimney and an attached garage.
60 years ago (1961)
(Adv.) We're open 10:30 a.m. 'til Midnight! The Q.P., located across from the Brainerd Theatre. This week's special: Big Hamburgers – plain or with everything – 6 in a bag for 99 cents. Or, try our Fried Half-Chicken or Jumbo Shrimp Box – with honey bun and cole slaw - $1.25. Thick shakes or french fries – just 19 cents.
80 years ago (1941)
A move to relax parking rules downtown instead of more restrictions was urged by the Brainerd Civic Assn. With the tourist season approaching they want a more hospitable outlook for people to shop here. And the association urged store owners and their employees to get their own cars off the streets to make room for customers.
100 years ago (1921)
The Imgrund Auto Co.'s “red devil” Buick service car was used as an auxiliary by the fire department yesterday and carried 300 feet of hose, ready to answer any alarm. The department's big truck is having its starter repaired.