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This Was Brainerd - July 17


20 years ago (1997)

(Photo) Golfer Arnold Palmer gazes at the terrain yesterday at the site of the proposed 18-hole golf course he and his company have designed just north of Breezy Point Resort. Palmer took a tour of the land on an ATV before meeting with reporters.

30 years ago (1987)

A county deputy was hospitalized overnight after an unusual encounter with a deer. Deputy "Skip" Rudquist was driving near the Brainerd water treatment plant when a buck hit the left side of his squad car. The deer hit Rudquist's face through the open driver's window, stunning him.

40 years ago (1977)

Marty O'Neill, professional wrestling announcer on WTCN-TV in Minneapolis, suffered an apparent heart attack while playing in the Camp Confidence Celebrity Golf Tourney. He had played three holes before complaining of chest pain. He is resting at St. Joseph's Hospital.

60 years ago (1957)

The Baxter Village council, faced with competing applications for two bowling establishments, passed an ordinance limiting the village to one such place. The expected application by Ted Pomerleau, owner of Club LaGuyal, was joined by one from Harold Jensen, of Harold's Club.

80 years ago (1937)

While Gen. Baird Markham, director of the American Petroleum Institute, was vacationing here near Nisswa, his son, Baird, Jr., was kidnapped in Ada, Oklahoma. The boy was held hostage for seven hours by the Traxler gang of escaped Texas convicts, then released unharmed.

100 years ago (1917)

Age is no bar to the enjoyment of automobiling. Joseph Rosko, Sr., age 81, bought a Dodge from Rosko Brothers and learned to run it in a few hours. It appears farmers are especially adept at learning as they have run farm equipment.