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This Was Brainerd - Oct. 31


20 years ago (1997)

Jenny Kellerman has been named the most valuable player on the Warrior girls' tennis team. Megan Whalen was named most improved singles player and Kellerman and Beth Steiger were most improved doubles players. Mandy Sheets, Steiger and Whalen are next year's captains.

30 years ago (1987)

Turnovers can haunt football teams in playoffs. In the Section 8AA semifinals against Willmar, the Warriors lost two fumbles in its own territory. Willmar turned both into scores as they beat Brainerd 35-6. Coach Ron Stolski said, "In a big game you can't turn the ball over."

40 years ago (1977)

Thieves hit the Brainerd Moose Club on Friday night, taking about $220. There was no sign of forced entry to the building at 219 S. 9th Street, leading Brainerd police to believe that the thieves hid in the club after closing time.

60 years ago (1957)

Brainerd plays its final football game of the season tonight as they host Minneapolis DeLaSalle, a perennial Catholic high school winner with a 5-2 record. The flu bug has finally hit the Warriors with three regulars and four top reserves on the sidelines.

80 years ago (1937)

With Fritz Bierhaus ending his playing days at Brainerd in a blaze of glory, scoring three TDs, the Warriors beat a game but futile Little Falls squad 26-0. Frank Little scored the other TD as Brainerd finished the season unbeaten and twice tied, the first unbeaten season since 1925.

100 years ago (1917)

The water and light board has decided to turn Brainerd's street lights back on in a temporary arrangement that will hold until Feb. 1. The water committee of the city council had confronted the board, asking what arrangements could be made to turn the lights on permanently.