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This Was Brainerd- May 29

MAY 29

20 years ago (1991)

Brainerd Mayor Bonnie Cumberland likened the relationship between Brainerd and Baxter to a romance. “Not love at first sight, but we like each other.” When a merger was suggested, Baxter Mayor Don O'Brien said, “Throw out your charter first.”

30 years ago (1981)

Brainerd's controversial rule on suspension of student athletes appears headed for court. A Warrior player was suspended for attending a graduation party and being “in the presence of alcohol,” though he did not drink. He seeks a restraining order.

40 years ago (1971)

Raising of the four flags that once flew over Brainerd kicked off the Brainerd Centennial celebration at the Washing Street Bridge. Mrs. George Bedard unfurled the U.S. flag, Mrs. Meryl Steece the French, Mrs. Miguel Velasco the Spanish and Cecil McCollough the British.

60 years ago (1951)

Despite the four-hit, 12-strikeout pitching of Wayne Stewart, the Brainerd Braves lost their season opener 5-4 to the Duluth Travelers. The Braves pounded out 11 hits, including doubles by Obermiller, Gumlia and Marv Bollig.

80 years ago (1931)

The Pine Beach golf course opens this week and the course is in the finest possible condition due to the open winter and spring rains. From 40 to 50 Brainerd boys can be used as caddies, but no camp will be maintained for them on the grounds.

100 years ago (1911)

That the Soo Line is planning to extend its railway from Crosby to the new town of Barrows, five miles south of Brainerd, seems to be assured. With the Hanna Co. commencing actual mining operations there, Barrows is showing more activity.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.