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This Was Brainerd- July 28


20 years ago (1991)

Sarah Northway didn't know if she could measure up to playing against some of the nation's top basketball players in the AAU 16-and under national tournament. But she scored 55 points as her team reached the final four with a record of 5-2.


30 years ago (1981)

More unnerving than being face-to-face with a judge in a courtroom, perhaps, is being face-to-face with the victim of the crime. This is one of the things the new juvenile restitution program in Crow Wing County is all about.

40 years ago (1971)

Many Brainerd residents, alerted by the Civil Defense warning system, watched a tornado move through the skies south of Brainerd. It touched down in only a couple of places, including the Fred Jillson place on Route 3 and the Elmer Tidrick farm on Route 1.

60 years ago (1951)

The Brainerd Ladies Drum and Bugle Corps added another first to their growing list when they won their division in the Minneapolis Aquatennial illuminated night parade. The Corps was decked out in blue uniforms, with lights attached to their right feet and hats.

80 years ago (1931)

Plans are being pushed for the early start of construction of the bridge to span the Mississippi River in West Brainerd for the new routing of State Trunk Highway No. 2, now well underway. Soundings of the river reveal that a concrete bridge can be built.

100 years ago (1911)

Cottage owners on the old Mission at Gull Lake claim they are greatly inconvenienced by the closing of a road to their places. James Hayes purchased the Anco Topp farm between Gull and Round lakes, and put a fence across the road that had been used for 25 years.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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