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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 30


  • 20 years ago (1998)

(Adv.) We have a great lineup of music this fall! Aug. 30 - Ray Charles; Sept. 13 - Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons; Oct. 3 - The Beach Boys; Oct. 4 - Wayne Newton; Nov. 1 - Neil Sedaka. Call now for tickets. Grand Casino - Mille Lacs and Hinckley.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

1st Federal Savings & Loan of Brainerd opened for business this morning as Metropolitan Federal Bank, under a purchase of six savings and loans arranged by the federal government. Like many such organizations, 1st Federal had been struggling in recent years due to bad loans.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

(Photo) Four of the six British kayak paddlers that are trying to break the long-distance speed record from Itasca State Park to the Gulf of Mexico, paddle their two-man kayaks to shore just above the paper mill dam. The Royal Air Force team hopes to break the record of 56 days.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

With the arrival of 22 children, the Brainerd State Hospital now has a population of 88 patients, which is the maximum capacity of the current facilities. The transferees came from Faribault and Cambridge and number four males and 84 females, ages 6 to 64.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Armed with a slingshot "to hunt ducks" and living on a diet of water and dried peas to "improve his voice," Melvin Hofstad is lodged today in the city jail. He arrived on a freight train last week and had been living at the depot, drinking water, eating peas and singing.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

When it was learned that Mrs. Matt Lee had named her baby daughter Ruth, the four families living on the small, but beautiful, School Section Lake have renamed it Ruth Lake. Each family has a daughter named Ruth: Ruth Setula, Ruth White, Ruth Moody and Ruth Lee.