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This Was Brainerd


20 years ago (1990)

Keith Bartholomaus recorded his first shutout of the season as the Warrior hockey team remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory at Crookston. Brainerd improved to 4-0 - all road victories, prompting coach Chuck Whalen to joke he'd reschedule all road games going forward.


30 years ago (1980)

The Brainerd City Council now has the option of selecting its next police chief from outside the department as the result of a decision by the Civil Service Commission. The 2-1 vote came despite objections voiced by many local police officers.

40 years ago (1970)

(Photo) A full audience crowded the 1,000 bleachers in the Brainerd Junior College gym for the presentation of Handel's "The Messiah." Mike Smith, music director, conducted the BSJC Choir, Brainerd Chorale and singers from six Brainerd churches.

60 years ago (1950)

Chopping down Brainerd's defensive pattern with little trouble, Bemidji's Lumberjacks blasted out an impressive 50-32 victory over the Warriors before 1,900 fans at the Washington gym. Brainerd played without veteran Jim Smith, who had tonsillitis.

80 years ago (1930)

According to official census figures, Crow Wing County gained 1,061 residents in the last ten years to a total of 25,627. Cass County lost 306 for a total of 15,591. Brainerd gained 630 to reach 10,221, while Little Falls lost 486 for a 1930 total of 5,614.

100 years ago (1910)

A sharp explosion and pile of flying chunks of frozen dirt marked the first steps to erect the big electric light and power plant. One hundred pounds of dynamite were received and the first of it was used to tear up the frozen surface to permit concrete work to start.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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