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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 18


20 years ago (1994)

Brainerd police are looking for a 20-year-old Brainerd man who stole two handguns from Iron Hills Gun and Pawn Shop and ran out of the store. A witness said he thought the man fled into the Last Turn Saloon building, but officers searched and didn't find him.

30 years ago (1984)

(Edit.) Stop right where you are! Turn back to the front page. Notice the enhanced Dispatch logo at the top left? That's just one of many changes we've made in the redesigned look of the Dispatch. What do you think? We're eager to hear your comments.

40 years ago (1974)

Zahi Ismir assumed his duties as a counselor at the Brainerd Area Vo-Tech Institute, replacing Dick Culshaw who moved to Iowa. Ismir was a counselor at Washington Junior High last year. He has a BA degree in math and physics from Concordia, and an MS degree in counseling.

60 years ago (1954)

Brainerd's City Baseball League, resumed after a two-year lapse, had a perfect ending to its 1954 season in the championship game at Memorial Park. Bill Selisker pitched a no-hit perfect game as Northeast beat Northside 4-0 for the title. He also hit a homer and had 3 RBIs.

80 years ago (1934)

Fish stories are beginning to dribble in even though fishing is not the best right now. Gull Lake has produced its usual good catches of walleyes, but the bass grow larger in South Long Lake. An Illinois man caught a 6-4 bass and an Iowa fisherman caught an even six-pounder.

100 years ago (1914)

Rules in a post office appropriations bill would have paid rural carriers on a combination of length of route and number and weight of packages. This has been thrown out. All payment is based on length of route, with Brainerd's four carriers getting the maximum $1,200 yearly.