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This was Brainerd- Jan. 13


20 years ago (1991)

By "sticking" all five of its balance beam routines, the Warriors stuck it to St. Cloud Tech by a score of 137.9 to 121.05 in conference gymnastics action. Julie Beasley won all four events and the all-around title at 37.25 points. Coach Maras also praised Crystal Ludwig.


30 years ago (1981)

The assistant county attorney called it "unrealistic," and said it would "invite trouble." Brainerd merchants called it "dumb," and said it would make them "sitting ducks." What sparked the verbal salvo? A new policy on bad checks from County Judge Darrell Sears.

40 years ago (1971)

Reino Toumi, former owner of the Quality Fuel and Feed Co. on Front Street, has been named the new manager of the North Star High Rise apartments. Ray Bang, chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, made the announcement.

60 years ago (1951)

A fast-breaking Brainerd Warrior team rolled to a one-sided 62-33 win over Wadena in a District 24 contest in front of 1,900 fans at Brainerd's high school gym. Gup Hess, fast-moving Warrior forward, counted 18 points for high scoring honors.

80 years ago (1931)

County Attorney Art Sullivan has asked that manslaughter charges against Dwight McFerran be dropped due to a "lapse of memory" by the witnesses. The original trial, over death of a high school girl in an auto accident, had ended in a hung jury.

100 years ago (1911)

The Dispatch has received a telegram from Washington indicating the census has placed the population of Brainerd at 8,526 - an increase of 1,002 since 1900. A private census a few weeks later indicated 9,278 persons, a number we believe to be more accurate.

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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