APRIL 19

20 years ago (2001)

A lone man, armed with what appeared to be a shotgun, robbed Northern Lakes Wines and Spirits on Hwy 371 in Baxter just before 10 p.m. closing last night. The store clerk said he demanded money, which he took and fled. He was a white male, 5-6 and wearing a black ski mask with stripes.

30 years ago (1991)

(Photo) “Our” Marine came home. The Dispatch cared about all area service members serving in Desert Storm, but one Marine was special. He was CPL Jeff Volkl, son of Joni, who works at the Dispatch, and who organized the Letters to the Gulf program. There were tears of joy yesterday when he returned to hug his mom at the Dispatch.

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40 years ago (1981)

Hit by high winds and scant rainfall, the DNR has closed off issuing any burning permits in our five-county area. Keith Simar of the DNR said conditions are right for intense fires like the one that roared through the Motley area last year. There were nine small fires yesterday, with five sparked by burning debris.

60 years ago (1961)

The city council read a letter from the planning commission recommending purchase of the post office building and site at 6th and Maple Streets. The council will invite the five county commissioners to an informal dinner meeting so they can talk privately about the future of the post office site.

80 years ago (1941)

Rain has disrupted the schedule for the annual Brainerd Dispatch marble tournament. Boys under age 10 will compete today at Whittier School and at Lincoln School. Those 10 and over will compete later. A handsome, practical pocket knife will go to 17 school winners in three divisions.

100 years ago (1921)

Between 40 and 50 members of the senior class at Brainerd High School met at the school Friday night at 8 p.m. and then hiked to Barrows. The temperature was fine and the stars and moon shone brightly. After music and refreshments at Barrows Hall, they flagged the train and returned to Brainerd, cheering and singing all the way.

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