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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 4


20 years ago (1997)

Trevor John of Crosslake will compete in the International Series of Champions opener at Giants Ridge this weekend. He won the ISOC Semi-Pro 440 last year. Kyle Boie of Nisswa will also compete. He won the ISOC Sport 440 Fan class last season.

30 years ago (1987)

At the invitation of the county welfare board, Brainerd attorney Jack Graham was asked what changes he would recommend in state child protection laws. Graham feels too often children are removed from parents without proper cause. County officials also spoke at the two-hour meeting.

40 years ago (1977)

Growing Christmas trees is a business, and business is booming. "The market is so good we could sell twice as many if we had them," said Chuck Widmark of Widmark-Harrison Tree Farms. They plant 50,00 trees a year and sell about 13,000. Only 40 percent of the trees grow to be marketable.

60 years ago (1957)

In yesterday's city election, S.G. Fitzpatrick was re-elected city attorney in a close race with Darrel Sears, winning 1,331 to 1,225. Write-in votes for special municipal judge saw police sergeant Joe Nolan win with 72 votes, but he may not qualify to hold the post. Sears was second with 49 votes.

80 years ago (1937)

A Fort Ripley man, who has been held in the county jail the last two months on charges of assault with intent to kill, has pleaded guilty to second degree assault. His wife had filed charges that he shot at her with a deer rifle. He said he just wanted to scare her a little.

100 years ago (1917)

The long awaited mail service on rural route No. 5 from Brainerd to Gull Lake, Nisswa and Hubert was started yesterday. Roy Britton is the temporary carrier and services 93 families on the route. Presently, service is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but will soon be daily.