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This was Brainerd - May 16

MAY 16

20 years ago (1991)

A 32-year-old man appeared before Judge Robert Graff on charges of assault and boating while intoxicated. He allegedly choked a man in his boat, and when the other man pulled a filet knife to defend himself, he hit him on the head with one of the boat's oars.

30 years ago (1981) 

Fishermen have opened the season. George Donatell was the early leader on Mille Lacs with a 9-10 walleye. Weighing in at Marv Koep's Nisswa Bait were Rev. Len Anderson and son Dave, and Roger Miller and son Bob, all of Nisswa and all with walleye limits.

40 years ago (1971)

All of the railroad facilities in Brainerd were operating normally today despite a national rail strike. A spokesman said there is only one member of the signalmen's union here and he was picketing in Staples, where all operations are thus shut down.

60 years ago (1951)

Three flights of planes, including four of the Navy's fastest jet-propelled fighters, will herald Armed Forces Day in Brainerd. Speed of the McDonnell Banshees is classified, but expected to be over 500 MPH as they make a simulated bombing run over the city.

80 years ago (1931)

Five million pike fry have been planted in lakes in the Brainerd vicinity the past ten days, said A. A. Weideman, fish propagationist. The fry were brought to the lakes by car and truck from the Jenkins Fish Hatchery. Bass will be planted in lakes in August.

100 years ago (1911)

The Water & Light Board is now ready to supply all demands for lighting residences and business locations. It will be happy to have owners and builders call for such additional lighting and can handle all the business the city may give it.

Compiled by Terry McCollough