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This Was Brainerd - Nov. 29


20 years ago (1997)

Brainerd high school grad Luke Hooper, now with the St. Cloud State bowling team, won a Minn. Junior Bowling Tourney at Duluth, defeating 79 bowlers from the Midwest and Canada and winning $205 in scholarship money. Hooper was a member of Brainerd's 1996 state bowling champs.

30 years ago (1987)

Jim Knudsen has been named Realtor of the Year by the Greater Lakes Board of Realtors. Knudsen has worked in real estate since 1983 and is with Positive Realty. He is chair of the multiple listing service for the board of realtors.

40 years ago (1977)

(Photo) Al Musolf, the man who tended Brainerd's parking meters for more than 20 years, has retired and was honored at a retirement party. He's shown here with one of the meters which are now in storage because all of them have been removed from city streets.

60 years ago (1957)

Police have learned that one of their shots fired while chasing a stolen car in Northeast went through the roof of the Oscar Ostrom home. Police were firing at the tires but one bullet must have ricocheted off the bumper. The car stolen by the two boys who escaped was found in N. Dakota.

80 years ago (1937)

Pioneer resident Sarah Gardner is dead at 84. She came to Brainerd in 1874 as bride of engineer James Gardner, who brought the first train into Brainerd in 1871. In 1876, he piloted the train into Bismarck that carried Gen. Custer and his troops as they set out for the Little Big Horn.

100 years ago (1917)

Dick Herbert, veteran Brainerd restaurant man has a novel approach to heating his lunch counter on Laurel Street. Instead of running hot water heat exclusively through radiators along the walls, he also piped it through a foot rest at the lunch counter, giving customers warm feet while they eat.