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This Was Brainerd - Nov. 6

NOVEMBER 6

20 years ago (1997)

(Photo) School board member Ruth Gmeinder smiles after the vote count was announced on the special levy to raise taxes for district needs. With one precinct left to tally, the "yes" votes trailed. But Baxter put it over the top by 190 votes at 2,816 to 2,626.

30 years ago (1987)

She's healthy, happy and still cheering for the Twins, though she and her family now live in Washington state. Dawn Turner received a liver transplant a year ago and it worked. A local Brainerd committee raised $50,000 to help offset her medical expenses of $200,000.

40 years ago (1977)

(Photo) The first deer of the season weighed in at Lassig's Log Cabin is this 150-pound fork-horn buck. Paul Feriancek, shown here with friend Wayne Kampen, shot it in the Buffalo Hills area just south of Brainerd using a .35 caliber rifle at 80 yards.

60 years ago (1957)

Gene Loya, 20, well-known local basketball player, is at St. Joseph's Hospital here after a hunting accident two days ago. The shotgun he was carrying literally exploded, sending parts of the gun into his hand and requiring surgery to remove the fragments.

80 years ago (1937)

A gunnysack, with its open end leaking a trail of blood into the Mississippi, was lodged against a pier of the Laurel Street bridge and was feared to contain human remains. A Brainerd police officer and fireman hauled the sack up by rope and it was found to contain a deer carcass.

100 years ago (1917)

A devoted band of Salvation Army people stood at the railroad depot, waving their goodbyes and singing a song of farewell to one of their number, Capt. Signa Saunders. Miss Saunders has left to join the Red Cross, where she will serve as a nurse, "somewhere in France."

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