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This Was Brainerd- May 22

20 years ago (1991)

Fred Casey's voice never wavered as he read off the Brainerd School Board election returns. The four-term incumbent was re-elected by a large margin, and newcomer Ken Hanson joined him from a field of eight candidates for the two positions.

30 years ago (1981)

Janet O'Donnell has been hired as a reporter for the Brainerd Dispatch. Originally from Chicago, she is a graduate of Marquette Univ. Mike O'Rourke, who has been a reporter at the Dispatch for three years, has been named city editor, replacing Tom Crawford.

40 years ago (1971)

Trailing 65 to 62 with three events remaining, Coach Ron Long's Warrior track team won all three to outdistance all the District 24 teams to win the title. Highlight for the meet was a new school and district record of 6-2 in the high jump by Leo Marchel, Jr.

60 years ago (1951)

A letter from the Civil Service Commission, again certifying Louis Rofidal for police chief, was received and filed by the city council. 

80 years ago (1931)

Two young men held up the Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Pierz as it opened today and escaped with $14,000. The bandits were seen heading north to Mille Lacs, but it's thought they changed course and are now at a hidden cottage in the Brainerd lakes area. 

100 years ago (1911)

In municipal court two fishermen were fined $10 and costs for having in their possession a pike less than 14 inches long, caught near the dam. Deputy Warden Onstine cautions fishermen that they should carry a ruler so there is no doubt a pike is at least 14 inches.