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This Was Brainerd- Aug. 16


20 years ago (1991)

The Brainerd EDA today approved seeking bids for the demolition of the former National Guard Armory in downtown Brainerd. Members said the cost to operate and renovate the building is not feasible, and no organization has shown interest in the building.

30 years ago (1981)

Brainerd Mayor C. Elmer Anderson has appointed Terry Larson, an instructor at Brainerd Community College as the local chairman to celebrate United Nations Day. Minnesota chair is Harold Stassen, the only living American who signed the UN charter in 1945.

40 years ago (1971)

Burglars hit eight places in Brainerd over the weekend, taking cash but no other items. Included were: Elvig Drug Store, Tom's Pet and Hobby Shop, Brainerd Construction, Shank's Standard Service, Sandy's Drive-in and the concession stand at Lum Park.

60 years ago (1951)

((Adv.) Canning Season is Here! Washington Peaches - crate $1.99; Ripe Tomatoes - lb. 15 cents; Mogenson's Sweet Corn - doz. 33 cents; Sugar - 10 lb. bag 99 cents; Maple Flavored Waffle Syrup - 5 lb. pail 55 cents. Riteway Foods - 720 Laurel Street.

80 years ago (1931)

F. W. Wieland, owner and publisher of the Dispatch, announces he has completed sale of the weekly and daily paper effective September 1st. The purchasers are W. D. Junkin and his son-in-law H. F. McCollough, both of Chariton, Iowa, and Al Masters and W. J. McGiffin.

100 years ago (1911)

That cities enforce laws preventing the running of chickens at large is shown by the recent arrest of a Mr. Stone in Superior, who was fined $3 in municipal court. He was also warned to keep his feathered tribe locked up in the future.

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.