This Was Brainerd: July 3
20 years ago (1994)
Paul Thiede, rural Pequot Lakes, has announced he will file for the county board seat from District 2, currently held by Barb Uppgaard. It encompasses the northwest portion of the county. Thiede served that area and more when he served in the Minnesota house for 8 years.
30 years ago (1984)
Everybody loves a parade, and the mayor of Brainerd is no exception. C. Elmer Anderson, in a special plea to the city council, urged city officials and merchants to take "a second look" at that July 4th ritual, a parade. The city discontinued its parade two years ago due to lack of funds.
40 years ago (1974)
(Photo) Nancy Pederson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Pederson, Route 6, Brainerd, graduated summa cum laude from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology. She will attend graduate school at the Univ. of Colorado.
60 years ago (1954)
A $200 purse has drawn 20 entries for Sunday's stock car races at the Heywood-Gull Lake Airport track. Last week Don Chileen rolled his car in the first heat, putting Milo Ustipak's car on top of him. In the last race Dick Stangle rolled his car, demolishing it. No one was hurt.
80 years ago (1934)
The first step in the paving of Hwy 210 (old No. 2) from Aitkin to Brainerd, was assured by a promise to a Brainerd delegation by the state commissioner of highways. Paving the 4.5 mile stretch from Aitkin to the Crow Wing County line will begin Sept. 1.
100 years ago (1914)
J.N. Harrison of Borden Lake was in Brainerd today and paid the Dispatch office at pleasant visit. He said corn on his farm is waist high and the prettiest sight imaginable. He believes it to be the highest and best corn in the county.