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This was Brainerd- Jan. 20

20 years ago (1991)

Demonstrators both for and against the Persian Gulf war marched in separate groups but shared sidewalk space in front of Brainerd City Hall. People driving past on Laurel Street added their views, honking horns; some gave the peace sign, some gave another sign.

30 years ago (1981)

Lawrence Holman, classified advertising manager for the Dispatch since 1970, will retire Feb. 1 after 50 years in the newspaper business. He will be replaced by Terry Holm, currently an ad sales rep. Holm will be replaced by Carla Staffon, recently hired in sales.

40 years ago (1971)

Wadena's wrestling team, losing only to Staples before last night's contest with Coach Vern Moore's Warriors, almost got the win before dropping the last two matches. Juniors Larry Parker and Rod McCulley came through in the clutch for a 24-20 victory.

 60 years ago (1951)

Playing before a standing room only home crowd of about 2,200 fans, Brainerd marked up only its fourth victory out of 23 starts against Crosby-Ironton with a 56-33 romp. Jim Smith powered the Warriors with 28 points, making 76 in three games this week.

80 years ago (1931)

The city council last night voted for a 100 foot no-parking zone, 50 feet on either side of the north gate of the Northern Pacific railway shop fence on Kindred Street. 

100 years ago (1911)

The Northwest Paper Co. will soon commence to erect a large paper mill on 40 acres of ground recently purchased in Northeast Brainerd. The company will start construction in the spring. The mill will employ 150 men and get its electricity from the dam.