NOVEMBER 23

20 years ago (2001)

Waking at a hotel in midtown Manhattan on Sept. 11, retired Gen. Jack Vessey expected to introduce UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a speech that night about “Preventing Deadly Violence.” “Needless to say, he didn't give the speech,” Vessey said. Vessey, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, lives near Garrison.

30 years ago (1991)

Sports editor Mike Bialka has announced that Tony Sailer has been appointed outdoors editor and Pete Mohs the assistant sports editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. Sailer, 34, and Mohs, 31, have both been employed by the Dispatch for eight years, the last six as sports writers.

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40 years ago (1981)

A man arrested by sheriff's deputies after a hit-and-run in a parking lot and a high-speed chase near Garrison turns out to be a fugitive from Arizona. When arrested, it was discovered the car was stolen in Las Vegas and there was a loaded shotgun in the back seat, along with a ski mask, stolen credit cards and bank bags from a Las Vegas gas station.

60 years ago (1961)

For years the Brainerd Bureau of Fisheries has had complaints from resorters and fishermen about the quality of fishing on various area lakes. Investigating two, it found that Mille Lacs doesn't differ a bit from other walleye lakes. But there is justification for claims that walleye fishing on the Whitefish chain is on the decline.

80 years ago (1941)

Betty Nolan, Brainerd, now a senior at St. Cloud Teachers College, was one of 11 at that school included in “College Who's Who,” naming outstanding students. Miss Nolan has been active in extra-curricular activities and currently serves as editor of the “College Chronicle.”

100 years ago (1921)

At the Ransford Hotel this evening the Lions Club candidates will take organizational steps toward founding a club in this city. An organizer from Minneapolis will be present to assist. The Lions is a luncheon club similar to the Rotarians and Kiwanians, and is actively interested in civic affairs.

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