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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 31


20 years ago (1997)

It was a game of firsts as the Brainerd girls' hockey team won their first-ever victory with a 10-2 win over Eveleth-Gilbert-Virginia. Jamie Compton scored the Warrior's first ever hat trick. Coach Chuck Whalen said, "It takes the monkey off our back, winning that first game."

30 years ago (1987)

Jailhouse Foods, a company owned by Sheriff Frank Ball and his wife, will continue to provide food service for another year at the county jail. The county board approved the contract but will look for bids next year. It was noted that costs are down $18,000 this year despite more prisoners.

40 years ago (1977)

John P. Pecarich has joined the staff at Goedker Realty, Inc. as a sales associate. Pecarich is a graduate of C-I High School, Brainerd Junior College and Mankato State. He taught school for seven years in Sauk Rapids.

60 years ago (1957)

A $200 scholarship, a complete wardrobe and a trip to the Miss Minnesota contest await the winner of the Crow Wing County Centennial Queen Contest, to be held Jan. 2 and 4 at Crosby and Brainerd. Twenty young girls from across the area will compete.

80 years ago (1937)

Hunters, mainly from the northern townships of the county, have been bringing in increasing numbers of claims for wolf bounties. Seven so far in December have claimed the $15 bounty for adult wolves. The money paid out by the county auditor is reimbursed by the state.

100 years ago (1917)

In district court, Judge McClenahan sentenced Steve Borsuch, found guilty of adultery, to an indeterminate term at hard labor in Stillwater Prison. Julia Brukovich, pleading guilty to adultery, will spend four months in the county jail. Four men are to be sentenced on liquor charges.

-- Compiled by Terry McCollough --