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This Was Brainerd- Mar. 8

20 years ago (1991)

Unemployment in Crow Wing County rose by a full point from December to January, from 7.2 percent to 8.2 percent. The rate a year ago was 8.1 percent. For Crow Wing, Cass, Todd, Morrison and Wadena counties the combined rate is now at 9.9 percent.

30 years ago (1981)

(Photo) Pat Whelan became Brainerd's first state wrestling champion since 1965 when he beat Austin's Todd Guse 3-2 in the 112-pound finals. Guse had been riding an 84-match winning streak before Whelan stopped him to cap a 30-1 record this season for Brainerd.

40 years ago (1971)

(Adv.) We're forming a musical combo. We need a sax player and a lead guitarist. Need to know Country - Rock - Modern & Pop. Playing  2 - 3 nights per week. For more information call 829-XXXX.

60 years ago (1951)

A herd of seven deer appeared to be in good condition and well fattened, according to Brainerd Police Captain Bob Titus. He and Bill Todd were flying just north of Brainerd when they spotted the deer, which didn't seem to be too concerned with the plane.

80 years ago (1931)

Brainerd ten pin teams triumphed over opposition from St. Cloud on Sunday afternoon at Van's Alleys. Van's Café beat their opponent two of three games led by Eide rolling a 652 and Van Essen a 601. Brainerd's E.M.B.A. also took two of three in their contest.

100 years ago (1911)

Alderman Pete Cardle, of the Fifth Ward, is proud of his latest purchase, a full-blooded Rhode Island Red rooster from the pens of Grand View Farm, St. Paul. The bird was on display at the Cochran-Hess barber shop, stalking around and displaying his plumage.

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.