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This Was Brainerd - June 18


20 years ago (1997)

Construction of a second ice arena in Brainerd may not start until spring as developers seek added funds. Perry Platisha, head of the fund raising effort, said $680,000 has been raised, but they would like to see $1 million of the needed $1.2 million in hand before breaking ground.

30 years ago (1987)

St. Joseph's Medical Center will initiate a smoke-free policy, set to be in place by July, 1988. "I suppose the obvious reason is that smoking is an unhealthy habit," said Tom Rohr, director of marketing and PR. Input will be sought from all hospital departments.

40 years ago (1977)

(Photo) For the 25th straight year, Mills Motor of Brainerd has donated a new Ford to Brainerd High School for use in its driver education program. Driving instructor Clayton Haglin accepts the keys from Meth Porwall, Ray Fitzer and Claude Holden, all of Mills.

60 years ago (1957)

(Photo) Brainerd's H&S Company, 194th Tank Battalion, received the "Century Club" award from Maj. Gen. Joseph Nelson for the second straight year while training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Receiving the award are CPT Robert Olson and three members of his staff.

80 years ago (1937)

(Photo) Speaking of fish, if it's the big ones you want, come to the Brainerd lakes region. Dr. G.M. Thein of Oelwein, Iowa, caught this 27-4 northern at Mitchell Lake near Emily, taking a half-hour to land it. It's the largest northern here in several years.

100 years ago (1917)

The drive to apprehend the slackers who fail to register for conscription is on full headway by Sheriff Claus Theorin. He has the names of 35 such slackers and is assisting U.S. marshals who are combing the range to find them.