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This Was Brainerd - Nov. 3


20 years ago (1997)

County commissioners may have to alter their holiday plans to travel to International Falls to explain to a judge why they should not be held in contempt of court - again. They are in a continuing disagreement with assistant county attorney John Sausen over pay issues.

30 years ago (1987)

A loon on Mille Lacs Lake gained its freedom after spending almost two weeks with its left foot and wing caught on the hooks of a fishing lure. Owners of a marina managed to catch the loon with help from friends. An overnight stay at a wildlife center removed the lure and the loon was released.

40 years ago (1977)

(Photo) Crow Wing County deputies seized seven pounds of marijuana - some of it packaged and ready for sale - yesterday at a home near Pine Center. Shown with the drugs are Denny Langerman and Harold Holk. Charges are pending against the home owners.

60 years ago (1957)

More and more Brainerd elementary students are coming down with a flu-like disease, with 27 percent, or 449 students, absent. Across the state, schools report 20 to 50 percent of students are ill. Here, the high school choir concert was cancelled as director Curt Hansen is out with flu.

80 years ago (1937)

A representative of the Deerwood Lumber Co. appealed to the state highway patrol and county sheriffs for protection against picketing timber workers. The firm had to halt all its truck traffic after 20 pickets overturned a truckload of railroad ties bound for Hibbing.

100 years ago (1917)

In a letter from Camp Dodge at Des Moines, Iowa, Pvt. George Stearns, former Brainerd boy, writes that army life isn't so bad but he misses the dances and parties. He has a rifle, bayonet, revolver, two uniforms and two pairs of shoes. He says he is ready to knock the German kaiser off his feet.