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This Was Brainerd - Oct. 12


20 years ago (1997)

In another chaotic football game, Brainerd clung to a one-point lead over St. Cloud Apollo. In OT, the Apollo quarterback tried a two-point conversion by passing to his 200-pound fullback who had to run over 140-pound Ryan Sofie. Sofie dropped him and the Warriors won 41-40.

30 years ago (1987)

The Warrior girls' swim team won its third invitational of the season, this time at Cambridge. Amy Schmitz won the backstroke and was in the winning 200-yard medley relay with Kari Casey, Kyung Endres and Mindy Hoff. Among second-place finishers was Mary Houle in diving.

40 years ago (1977)

County commissioners unanimously voted against accepting a $26,000 federal grant for use in establishing a senior center here. Though sympathy among 100 seniors at a recent meeting was 4-1 in favor, commissioners were deluged with phone calls running 10-1 against.

60 years ago (1957)

Sending its fleet backs through huge openings over both tackles, Aitkin broke open a tense conference struggle with two second half TDs to defeat Brainerd 14-0. Aitkin thus extended its football winning streak to 14 straight games.

80 years ago (1937)

Duck hunters not wealthy enough to lease land on a good duck lake will have at least one they can get to legally. The county board has established a road from the Pine Beach Road to the north shore of Red Sand Lake, which is one of the best duck hunting lakes in the area.

100 years ago (1917)

The American Tobacco Co. has advised the Dispatch that the first shipment of tobacco kits has been sent to our men on the front lines in Europe. Each kit has smokes for a week and contains a postcard addressed to the donor. Said donors can expect a reply from soldiers in about 60 days.