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This Was Brainerd- Mar. 4


20 years ago (1991)

Julie Beasley became only the 2nd state champion in Brainerd gymnastics history, scoring an incredible 9.9 on vault in the state AA meet. Lance Hoff highlighted a record-breaking state meet for Warrior swimmers with a school record 21.23 in the 50 free to finish second.


30 years ago (1981)

Saying that further delay “would be unfair,” a Brainerd School Board committee cut short its search for a new superintendent with a unanimous recommendation that the job be offered to Bob Gross, assistant superintendent.

40 years ago (1971)

A 15-year-old boy and two girls are in custody after a high-speed chase near Mille Lacs. When his car was pulled over the boy pulled a gun, disarmed the officers, handcuffed them, shot out their tires and disabled the radio. He was caught after another chase.

60 years ago (1951)

Fishing law violators had better find a place other than Lake Hubert to do their spring spearing or netting. Eye witnesses claim to have seen violators spearing large northerns in the past. So the conservation club has hired its own warden to patrol the lake this year.

80 years ago (1931)

Brainerd was defeated 38-36 in basketball by Little Falls. Both teams made 10 baskets, but Newman made a phenomenal 13 of 14 free throws for the margin. The small floor had players flying into the crowd and hitting the wall behind the backboard.

100 years ago (1911)

The Kennacott Co. of Chicago has about completed the construction of a 50,000 gallon water tank at the Northern Pacific Sanitarium. The steel tower rests on concrete piers, and the distance to the bottom of the tank is 110 feet, with the whole being 145 feet tall.

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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