This Was Brainerd - March 20
20 years ago (1997)
Developers of a proposed housing project at the site of Gull Lake's Interlachen and Boberg's Resorts won approval as a commercial project from the Nisswa city council, overturning a decision by the P&Z committee. Many neighbors of the site opposed it and hired a lawyer.
30 years ago (1987)
Brainerd may be eligible for state development grants as a result of the Feb. 26 downtown fire, according to state Sen. Don Samuelson of Brainerd. Brainerd Improvement, Inc. is looking at redevelopment options after the $1.7 million fire destroyed or damaged three buildings.
40 years ago (1977)
Al Lindner of Brainerd won more than $17,500 for three days of bass fishing in winning a tournament at Gasburg, Virginia. He led all three days, totaling 53-pounds, 1-ounce for the $14,000 first prize. He landed a 10-4 largemouth to win largest bass.
60 years ago (1957)
Frank Bonsante Jr. went to school with a dime in his pocket to buy a ticket to see Wimpy the clown's performance at school tomorrow. Before classes started, the 6-year-old slipped on snow and broke his leg. He's hospitalized, but school officials say they'll get the clown to visit him.
80 years ago (1937)
Drudgery attendant to farm and resort life due to lack of electric power and lighting came a step nearer to elimination with the signing of the government loan contract with Crow Wing Co-op Power & Light. The contract provides $240,000 for 210 miles of electric lines.
100 years ago (1917)
The Sixth Street Mine, a mile south of the post office, is hoisting iron ore and a crew of 20 are working day and night shifts. Supt. Andrew Johnson said 200 tons of ore has been raised in the last few days, adding to the stockpile of 3,000 tons already on hand.