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This was Brainerd - Jan. 4

20 years ago (1991)

After a two-week layoff the Brainerd gymnastics team returned to action with a 131.85 to 116.5 victory over St. Cloud Apollo. Julie Beasley captured the all-around title with wins on the vault, uneven bars and balance beam, and second on floor exercise.

30 years ago (1981)

Sears Roebuck and Co. recently announced the retirement of Kermit Hill, manager of the catalog store in Brainerd. Hill has been associated with Sears for more than 25 years. A new manager is expected to be appointed soon.

40 years ago (1971)

(Adv.) Van Camp's Beef Stew - 24 oz. can 55 cents; Blade Cut Beef Pot Roast - lb. 49 cents; Arm Cut Swiss Steak - lb. 79 cents; Red Potatoes - 20 lb. bag 69 cents; Texas Seedless Grapefruit - 10 for 49 cents. Red & White Food Stores - Mill Avenue.

60 years ago (1951)

Pfc. Roger Marshall is back in Brainerd after 34 days of war in Korea and stays in various hospitals. He was wounded during furious fighting when his unit was surrounded, losing two fingers on his left hand, taking shrapnel in both legs and his head, plus a bullet in his shoulder.

80 years ago (1931)

The Brainerd Ice Company's annual harvest of ice will begin next week on Rice Lake. Eugene Paine, manager, said today that 30 men were hired for the work and will cut 5,000 tons of ice to be stored in the ice house on the east shore of Rice Lake.

100 years ago (1911)

Contrary to general belief, snow has not fallen in such quantities as to block or impede passenger train service on the M & I line north or the N.P. line to Duluth. The train service is good and all employees are entitled to credit for hard work.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.