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This Was Brainerd

FEBRUARY 16

20 years ago (1997)

Rachel Lee, a Warrior senior who had never been involved in athletics before, placed third in the classical race at the state cross-country meet at Giants Ridge. "She was the story of the meet," said coach Mike Humrickhouse. "A lot of people were left shaking their heads."

30 years ago (1987)

Jeremy Fyle of Nisswa has learned that steady sometimes beats fast. The 23-year-old Nisswa native surprised many veteran snowmobile racers when he cruised to a third-place finish in the sport's grandaddy event, the Jeep International 500 race (formerly the Winnipeg 500).

40 years ago (1977)

Downtown business owners favor removal of all parking meters in the city, according to city engineer George Kriha, who recently met with them. This would be contingent on the year-round enforcement of free parking regulations.

60 years ago (1957)

Only 50 percent of all students in the county have received their polio vaccinations, according to Eula Michael and Mary Mraz, city and county nurses. Worst record is at Washington High School, where 75 percent of the students have received no immunizations.

80 years ago (1937)

Proposals for erecting in or near Brainerd a fifth state hospital were placed before the legislature today. Rep. Charles Halsted, Brainerd, did so in the House and Sen. Fred Miller, Little Falls, in the Senate. The facility would cost $1.2 million and have an annual payroll of $50,000.

100 years ago (1917)

One of the winter industries in Minnesota of which little is known is trapping, practiced by boys and old professionals. One trapper brought in 1,000 muskrat skins from Mille Lacs Lake and got 35 cents each. A Long Lake trapper got nine skunks in one day, with prices from $1.50 to $5.00.

Compiled by Terry McCollough

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