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This Was Brainerd- Mar. 18


20 years ago (1991)

Red, White and Blue Day was Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and 4th of July all rolled into one. About 1,500 Brainerd area folks reveled in patriotism at the Brainerd Armory to celebrate victory in Iraq with speeches, music and cheers.


30 years ago (1981)

A freeze on federal funds has jeopardized the progress of Baxter's only link to the new wastewater treatment plant. Mayor Jon Main said the delay “could be a disaster” for the community. Sewer lines are in the ground and people are ready to build.

40 years ago (1971)

C-I teachers came up with a new cheer that is taking hold as the basketball team goes into region play against the Melrose Dutchmen: “Lutefisk and Lefse, Gammelost and Sill, Ve'll Beat Melrose, Ve Vill! Ve Vill! Ve Vill!” Students are finding it “catchy.”

60 years ago (1951)

In the words of coach Fred Kellett: “It was a good way to finish the whole works up.” He referred to Brainerd's 53-51 win over Mountain Lake for third place in the state basketball tourney. Jim Smith and Bill Selisker led the Warriors with 15 and 14 points.

80 years ago (1931)

The route of Highway No. 2 through Brainerd was believed settled with the arrival of the title attorney of the state highway department. His maps show the route from Lum Park, along Main Street north of the railroad tracks, and across the Mississippi on a new bridge.

100 years ago (1911)

It is said a movement is afoot to discontinue the custom of Sunday funerals, holding them only on that day when absolutely necessary. Both clergymen and undertakers are joining hands in the matter and liverymen have no objection. Watch for a report in the Dispatch.

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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