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This Was Brainerd - Nov. 8


20 years ago (1997)

A man armed with a knife made off with $447.47 in a robbery at the Triangle Store on Oak Street. The robber, a white male about 5-7, first asked for cash from the till, then for money held under the counter and finally for contents of the safe. When the clerk said she didn't have the combination, he fled.

30 years ago (1987)

The drop in antlerless permits this year seems to have had a significant effect in Saturday's deer opener. Permits were down 56 percent in this area - from 8,691 to 3,800. The Merrifield Bait and Tackle station had 26 bucks and only two does registered by 5 p.m. Saturday.

40 years ago (1977)

A 267-pound buck, shot near Thief River Falls by Doug Kaspar of Pequot Lakes, is the largest deer entered opening weekend at Lassig's Log Cabin in Brainerd. "I was in the right spot at the right time," said Kaspar. "He moved into a clearing at about 100 yards."

60 years ago (1957)

(Adv.) You go in snow, or we pay the tow! General Winter-Cleat snow tires from Mathisen Tire Co. No Hedging: We'll pay any reasonable charge by any approved towing service from date of purchase until June 30, 1958 if your tires bog down in snow.

80 years ago (1937)

Martin Johns of the Crosby Meat and Grocery Co. has on display in a bottle a large tarantula which he found in a bunch of bananas as he unloaded them. He recalls the time when he found a 20-inch snake wrapped around a bunch of the fruit.

100 years ago (1917)

John Bush, Brainerd, former passenger train conductor now working freight trains, suffered a paralytic stroke near the Hackensack station and is now at the NP Railroad Hospital. He gained national prominence when his son, Leslie "Bullet Joe" Bush, pitched in the world series two years ago.