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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 7


20 years ago (1997)

People are talking about the two recent fatalities on Hwy 371 between Little Falls and Brainerd, but the stretch of 371 between Pequot Lakes and Pine River may be worse. Its fatality rate from 1992 to 1996 is triple the state average, said Dave Buss of MnDOT.

30 years ago (1987)

The sedate ceremonies that marked the start of renovations at Ski Gull this fall were a far cry from its kick-off in 1962. That featured a bikini-clad woman on skis standing on a bed of ice, and a WWII amphibious vehicle driving around with a band and four dancing girls.

40 years ago (1977)

Two masked bandits, one with a shotgun, held up the Tom Thumb store on Mill Ave. last night, taking $100 in cash. Six people were in the store. Asst. mgr. Mark Jensen was on the phone when one bandit stuck the shotgun in his back, took the phone receiver and hit him over the head with it.

60 years ago (1957)

Defensive errors and a streak of poor passing kept Brainerd in hot water in the first half, leading Little Falls just 40-32 at the break. But with a blistering second half, and behind John Emerson's 29 points, the Warriors went 2-0 on the season with an 87-50 win over the Flyers.

80 years ago (1937)

The village of Deerwood is slowly getting into the headlines. First, its bank was robbed - of a turkey - and now an elderly resident is robbed - of $1.00. John Peterson was stopped by two men in a car as he walked home from shopping. They took his wallet, found just $1.02, and gave him back the two cents.

100 years ago (1917)

Indian agents and police raided a soft drink establishment run by Joseph Ernst on S. Broadway (8th Street) near Front Street. Ernst made an attempt to empty bottles down the sink, but enough was captured to make the charge of running an unlicensed drinking house.