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This Was Brainerd- Mar. 16


20 years ago (1991)

After a 12-year absence the Warriors are returning to The Show. Brainerd captured its first Region 8AA basketball title since 1979 with a thrilling 71-64 win over the Moorhead Spuds. Matt Pecarich led the Warriors with 23 points and Kyle Smith added 21.


30 years ago (1981)

Brainerd Warrior swimmer Joe Vrudny finished second in the 100-yard backstroke at the state high school championships. The sophomore swam a 55.77 to finish second to John Rydberg of Mounds View, who swam a 55.02. 

40 years ago (1971)

(Photo) “Go Warriors,” as chanted by Brainerd's cheerleaders, Kristi Williams, Gail Wallace, Linda Janacek, Kristi Arhart and Linda Koop, drew the biggest response of the season as the Warriors won their Region C opener 63-54 over Fergus Falls.

60 years ago (1951)

It didn't take youngsters long to find out that the burned warehouse in Northeast Brainerd housed candy, popcorn and peanuts. If they keep eating it, it won't take long before they find that eating the products is likely to cause food poisoning, warned the police chief.

80 years ago (1931)

(Adv.) $13.75 is all you need to pay for “A Smart Spring Suit” at J.C. Penney Co. Comparable quality would have cost $5.00 more a year ago. Plenty of style and lots of value for the money. Extra pair of pants just $3.98. Corner of 7th & Laurel Streets.

100 years ago (1911)

Over 900 citizens paid admission at The Grand Theatre last night to see the Miller Brothers “101 Ranch Show.” The pictures and the accompanying lecture were enjoyed by the large audience and three performances were given.

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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