20 years ago (2001)

Muscles and trucks will be in demand this month as renovations are completed on the Lakes Area Senior Center at its new location on Kingwood Street. Nancy Cross, board chair, said the move will begin on July 23 and that an open house will be held at the new site on August 14.

30 years ago (1991)

The Dispatch sports department earned first place in the Outstate category for the Minn. Associated Press writing contest. It was for the three-part series on “Abuse of Officials,” written by sports editor Mike Bialka and sports writers Pete Mohs and Tony Sailer. Mohs captured a second place award for his story on fishing in the '90s.

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40 years ago (1981)

A proposed townhouse development on Sylvan Lake may be headed to court. The Sylvan Lake Assn. filed a complaint in Cass County court saying the Madden Bros. project will “obstruct a road that has provided public access to the lake for 30 years.” They ask the road be declared public and for the developer to remove any obstructions.

60 years ago (1961)

Lee Pierce, 18, the Anoka boy who led the Highway Patrol on a 20-mile high speed chase up to 126 mph, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $200 fine, though Judge Bob Alderman said he would reconsider the jail term “after a time.” Pierce said he had signed his car, a 1959 Thunderbird, over to his father that morning.

80 years ago (1941)

The nation's army and navy fought today over local attorney Robert Ebert, 25, in one of the most unusual incidents before the local draft board. Ebert had applied for Navy service some time ago, but heard nothing. He was to leave for Army induction at 4:25 today, but five hours earlier the Navy asked the draft board to defer him while they thought about it some more.

100 years ago (1921)

Thirty-one residents of West Brainerd have appealed to the water and light board for water service in their section of the city. The petition was referred to the council. The estimated $25,000 project would entail a water line passing over the river via the Laurel Street bridge. One petitioner was the city school board, which desires water at the Riverside School.