Our top stories from 2021
At the Brainerd Dispatch, we are honored to share the unique and compelling local stories of our community and work hard to keep you informed. In 2021, we published more than 6,400 articles sharing the news and stories that matter to you. As we welcome a new year, let’s reflect on some of the top stories from 2021 that connected our community.
A second chance at life
After celebrating seven years of sobriety, a Baxter couple share their story of recovery from drug addiction to show others second chances are possible.
What are those lights in the sky? Satellites or UFOs?
What started as a regular morning commute ends in an unexplainable, extraterrestrial event. Brainerd resident Russ Anderson shares his experience and video footage of what he claims to be a UFO.
How two Minnesotans went the extra mile to rescue a stray dog in Mexico
With the support of dog lovers from both the U.S. and Mexico, Rochester resident Dani White rescued Bonsai, a black lab mix, and brought him home to Rochester after an exhausting 3,000 mile road trip.
Beryl Novak has lived alone in his one-room deer shack for 44 years. That’s the way he likes it.
Since 1977 Beryl Novak has called the northern woods of Minnesota home. After purchasing 40 acres of land and moving a one-room shack to the site for deer hunting, Novak liked it so much he moved in for good.
Mississippi River’s low water level reveals Brainerd history
After historically low water levels, the Mississippi River has revealed several interesting artifacts of Brainerd’s past just in time for its sesquicentennial.
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