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This Was Brainerd- Dec. 31

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20 years ago (1990)

Nila Patrick, of Flowers and Fun by Nila, recently received the 1990 Carlson Craft Outstanding Dealer award for sales and service to her customers. The business has been in operation since 1972 and offers flowers invitations and singing telegrams.

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30 years ago (1980)

The strike at Larco Manufacturing Co., which would have been a year old in just two weeks, is over. The results of a Nov. 20 union decertification election were released yesterday, showing that 78 voted to decertify and 48 voted in favor of the union.

40 years ago (1970)

Bemidji claimed four individual championships to just one for Foley, but better balance paid off for the latter as they won the Paul Bunyan Wrestling Tournament here. Brainerd claimed three titles, with Paul Straka, Craig England and Steve Herman winning.

60 years ago (1950)

Mr. and Mrs. Don Sievek, of Brainerd, nearly had the honor of having the first baby of the New Year . . . again! Their third child, Kim Leslie, was born Dec. 31st. Last year their second child was the first baby of the year, and their first child was born Dec. 30, 1949.

80 years ago (1930)

(Photo) Charter members of the Liberty Hose Company, which protected Northeast Brainerd, are shown here in front of the first hose house and bell tower, located near what is now 3rd Avenue and B Street. The hose company moved to 2nd Avenue in about 1887.

100 years ago (1910)

First Lieut. R. H. Davis, in charge of recruiting for the district of Minnesota, has warned that a man is traveling in the vicinity under the title of Capt. Geittmann, United State Marine Corps. The man is an imposter, and citizens are warned not to extend him credit.

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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 Causecast.org — 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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