This Was Brainerd - Nov. 26
20 years ago (1997)
The mayor had a dream. But in the end, not even a personal check from Mayor Don McFarland to cover local costs could sell the idea of a covered bridge over the Lake Margaret channel in Lake Shore. It would have been the only such bridge in Minnesota, but citizens were adamantly against it.
30 years ago (1987)
Lawrence Jordan will give thanks on Thanksgiving Day for 20-20 vision in his left eye. After being struck in the eye by shrapnel in WWII, he slowly became blind in the eye. But Dr. John Weaver of Brainerd figured out the problems and did the surgery to totally restore his sight.
40 years ago (1977)
Greg Petrie, named MVP for his spectacular defensive play for the Warriors, has been named to WCCO Radio's All State Team. The 5-9, 185-pounder, who moved here from San Jose, Calif., turned in 142 tackles and would have more if not for sitting out half the final game after being dazed.
60 years ago (1957)
Burglars entered St. Paul's Episcopal Church during the night but seem to have gotten little more than some coins from a magazine rack. The main doors are always open but they broke into a door to the sacristy and tried to break into the safe where the chalices and church records are secured.
80 years ago (1937)
The lost has been found. An honest Brainerd resident saw the Dispatch's plea on behalf of a farm couple and brought the lost billfold with $47 to our office. It will be used to pay for care for the imminent arrival of their first child.
100 years ago (1917)
Fire from a defective chimney at about 8:20 this morning damaged the one story frame building at 119 Kindred Street in Northeast. G.H. Gram has a pool room, cigar and candy store there. He was able to move and cover his tables to protect them from the fire department's water.