20 years ago (2001)
Cal Poly men's basketball senior Chris Bjorklund, a Brainerd grad, was named male athlete of the year for the college. Brainerd grad Chris Studer of South Dakota State has been named to the all conference baseball team. Brainerd grad Sara Hemquist has been selected by her basketball teammates to serve as captain for the coming season.
30 years ago (1991)
Mayor Bonnie Cumberland said Brainerd's recycling program is set to begin on July 1. The voluntary program will pick up twice a month and bins will be provided. It will be limited to residential areas – no apartments or businesses for now. Items will include newspapers, glass, tin, aluminum and plastics.
40 years ago (1981)
Bruce Bialka tossed a one-hitter as the Warrior baseball team completed their home schedule with their 15th straight victory – a 12-0 smashing of Park Rapids. Bialka was the only junior on the field in the first inning, as coach Lowell Scearcy let all his eight seniors start as a unit. That group has a 30-1 regular season record the past two years.
60 years ago (1961)
John Beyer, owner-manager of the Brainerd Country Club, has proposed adding an additional nine holes to the golf course. The current course occupies 70 acres to the south of the clubhouse, while the new nine would be on 40 acres to the north. The area boasts only one other 18-hole course, being Madden's Pine Beach course.
80 years ago (1941)
Some walleyes just don't learn from experience. Bill Demmers, Brainerd Dispatch employee and veteran fisherman, was angling on Gull Lake. He'd already caught several walleyes when he hooked another, but the line broke and he lost his hook and spinner. Later he caught yet another walleye, only to find the fish had his original hook and spinner.
100 years ago (1921)
At the Joncas Sawmill and river work of salvaging deadheads from the river for lumber, the sixty men struck for higher wages. The wartime wage scale was 55 and 60 cents per hour, and the mill set wages at 40 cents this year. The strike brought the wage to 45 cents and the men went back to work.