20 years ago (2001)

Four area men accused of taking pull-tab receipts at Kelly's Bar west of Gull Lake using ID from people who had lost their drivers licenses, pleaded guilty in court yesterday. Three were immediately sentenced and fined from $500 to $750, plus restitution of $372 to $809. The fourth will be sentenced later for felony fraud.

30 years ago (1991)

Inside the three Acrometal Co. plants in Brainerd this morning the air was cleaner. Outside, die-hard smokers puffed away. The company made the move as part of the Great American Smoke-Out. When Acrometal made the decision in April, 40 percent of the 154 employees were smokers. The company offered each employee anti-smoking assistance.

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40 years ago (1981)

The two Cass County deputies who were charged with taking northerns with a gill net in Leech Lake, pleaded guilty in court yesterday. They were promptly fired by Sheriff Louis Chalich. “I don't think we can wear two hats,” Chalich said. “We can't enforce the law one day and break it the next day.”

60 years ago (1961)

Dispatch publisher Henry McCollough has received a telegram from Pres. John F. Kennedy asking him to have lunch at the White House on Dec. 1. The president is holding a series of lunches with editors and publishers for an exchange of views on state, regional and national issues. Six other Minn. publishers also have been invited.

80 years ago (1941)

(Photo) The largest northern caught by rod and reel this year, and perhaps in many years, is this 33-6 monster landed by Fred Smith of 211 Fourth Avenue, Northeast. He brought it to shore while fishing the bar on Squaw Point on Gull Lake after a 30-minute fight. He was using a homemade lure that he refused to describe.