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This Was Brainerd- July 31

20 years ago (1991)

By season's end, Crow Wing County's 1991 highway construction program will have spent about $5.8 million. Highway Engineer Duane Blanck said that 10 projects are under construction, three have finished planning stages, and two are being studied.

30 years ago (1981)

(Photo) A walleye weighing in at 9-10 was caught by David Winslow, Minneapolis. It was 31 inches long and 16.5 inches in girth. He used a Rapala lure in 20 feet of water.

40 years ago (1971)

The action at North Central Speedway should continue to be fast due to recent rains, says track director Keith Moilanen. Dave Zettervall has slipped into the points lead over Merle Gallant in Hobby Stock. In Late Model, Jerry Leggett has a six point lead over Russ Ebert.

60 years ago (1951)

A frustrated and irritable skunk, which somehow got his head caught in a glass fruit jar, looked so comical that John Wrobel had to pull his car over and laugh. While admitting he believes in kindness to animals, Wrobel wasn't prepared to come to the rescue.

80 years ago (1931)

Two of five men, arrested in New York in connection with a series of bank holdups totaling nearly $1 million, robbed the First National Bank of Staples July 15, just 10 days after being released on bond. They were identified from photos as two of the five robbers.

100 years ago (1911)

John Cochrane went to Nisswa on a fishing trip. The assortment of fish stories he brings home this week will outmatch anything that George Hess ever dreamed of.