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This Was Brainerd- May 26

20 years ago (1991)

There are 16,000 stories to recall at Brainerd's Evergreen Cemetery on this Memorial Day. The timbered hills have filled since the first person — Charlotte E. Cowley — was carried there in 1872, when Brainerd was just a settlement.

30 years ago (1981)

(Photo) Robert Pulsifer of Clear Lake landed this 12-5 walleye, measuring 33 inches long, from 28 feet of water on a Lindy Rig and nightcrawler. He was being guided by Nick Adams of Lindy Little Joe in Brainerd. Photo by Nisswa Bait Shop.

40 years ago (1971)

Crow Wing County will have one probate Judge and no Municipal Court Judge if Gov. Wendell Anderson signs the county court bill passed by both houses of the legislature. It will virtually wipe out the office of justice of the peace.

60 years ago (1951)

Fifteen college students from the Brainerd area were taking examinations today for draft exemption under the ruling just handed down by the defense mobilization board. The three-hour exam is being conducted at Washington High School.

80 years ago (1931)

Business establishments in Brainerd were at a standstill for nearly four hours today after lightning struck the switchrack at the Riverton electric station. The NP railway shops and the Northwest Paper Mill continued to operate using their own power plants.

100 years ago (1911)

Bob Clark smelled smoke the other evening and ran into his Clark store in the Iron Exchange Building. Others then smelled the smoke, too, but couldn't find the cause. Suddenly Bob's coat burst into flames caused by his pipe and matches in the pocket.