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This was Brainerd - Jan. 31


20 years ago (1991)

No one was more surprised than Duane Blanck when the name of this year's Minnesota county highway engineer of the year was announced. It was him. For one of the few times in his life, Blanck said, he was at a loss for words.

30 years ago (1981)

(Photo) The first group of snowmobilers in the March of Dimes Celebrity Marathon Ride tears across Gull Lake Saturday in this photo by Dispatch photographer Steve Kohls taken from a helicopter.

40 years ago (1971)

Thieves made big hauls in two weekend break-ins, said the sheriff's office. A rear door was forced at a Garrison service station and got some cash and 100's of dollars in merchandise. At the 4 Seasons in Breezy Point they got $1,000 cash and a revolver.

60 years ago (1951)

Coach Fred Kellett cleared his bench as the Warriors coasted to an easy 75-39 win over Little Falls for their 10th straight victory. Bill Selisker, Bob Falconer, Don Samuelson, as well as Babcock and DeRosier, all saw extensive action, with every Warrior scoring.

80 years ago (1931)

Tennis in Brainerd's open air in January? Ordinarily a Minnesota would say Bosh. Four Brainerd tennis enthusiasts engaged in doubles play this afternoon on the Gregory Park courts. They reported the weather as just comfortable.

100 years ago (1911)

The big paper mill for Brainerd is an assured fact. It means that a modern steel and cement mill is to be built at a cost of $450,000 and will, in total, add $500,000 to the city tax rolls. This is dependent on them gaining the flowage rights to the water at the dam.

-Compiled by Terry McCollough