20 years ago (2001)

A 17-year-old patient at a group home in northeast Brainerd led police on a chase after stealing a state van when the juvenile took the keys from an unlocked office. The van forced other drivers off the road before rolling in Motley. There were no injuries. Police have had to assist hospital staffers with this youth several times.

30 years ago (1991)

The Warriors tennis doubles team of Shelly Breen/Jeanne Jones may have taken a cue from the Twins, who moved from the cellar to the top. Breen/Jones were unseeded entering the Section 8AA tournament, beat a Bemidji team in the semis 6-0, 6-3, then a St. Cloud pair 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the finals, becoming the first unseeded team ever to win the section.

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40 years ago (1981)

Today's edition of the Dispatch is a hefty one, telling the stories of dozens of area families over the past century – including our own. The 114-page production celebrates the 100th anniversary of the newspaper, with 20,000 copies being printed. It marks a huge effort by our staff over the past several months. We hope you enjoy it.

60 years ago (1961)

Thieves got more than $1,000 in a Sunday morning break-in at Club LaGuyal in Baxter. Sheriff Al Krueger said entry was gained by breaking windows in the north doors. There was likely more than one thief as the two cash registers taken from the building weighed 150 pounds each. A blood trail indicated someone was cut on broken glass.

80 years ago (1941)

Eighty new blue and white uniforms, complete with coat, trousers and cap, have been ordered for the Washington High School band. The uniforms will cost $2,664 and were chosen by the school board as the lowest of five bidders. They should arrive in 3-4 weeks. Payment will come from a special uniform fund that gets a share of ticket sales.

100 years ago (1921)

There will be a double military funeral here tomorrow. Corp. Sylvester Tomberlin was wounded in France on July 30, 1918 and hospitalized. He returned to duty on Sept. 25 and killed on Sept. 26.

Pvt. Walter Brown was fleet of foot and was assigned as a message carrier. He was killed in the Battle of the Argonne on Oct. 10, 1918, receiving the Dist. Service Cross.