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This was Brainerd - April 11


20 years ago (1991)

Brainerd High School band students have learned a lesson: Before you can play there's work to be done. In preparing for their California trip — where they'll give five concerts in four days— they've sold everything but their souls to raise the needed money.

30 years ago (1981) 

For Russell Swearingen, the Bataan Death March began as an exercise in closing his mind to horror. “We passed bodies by the hundreds that had been either bayoneted or shot. There was nothing but brutality all along the march.”

40 years ago (1971)

The national commander of the American Legion, Alfred Chamie of Los Angeles, will attend a testimonial dinner expected to draw 450 Saturday for Milo Blanich of Crosby, department commander of the American Legion, state of Minnesota.

60 years ago (1951)

Wet weather is holding back the opening of the iron mines in the Crosby-Ironton area. The mines were to open several days ago, but rain and snow continued falling, making the roads to the pits, and the pits themselves, too wet to work.

80 years ago (1931)

Mills Motor, local Ford dealer, opened a new used car lot just south of Citizens State Bank on 7th Street. They are leasing it for three years. They have fenced the lot and treated the ground with oil and cinders to make an excellent surface.

100 years ago (1911)

There are said to be 14 applicants for the position of chief of police, and Mayor-elect H. P. Dunn will have to exercise a lot of Celtic diplomacy if he wishes to please everybody.

—Compiled by Terry McCollough