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This was Brainerd - Aug. 26

20 years ago (1991)

Shortstop Todd Vanek and left fielder Shawn Alholm combined for seven hits as the Brainerd Bees defeated Hampton 8-3 in the second round of the state Class C amateur baseball tournament. Keith Peterson went eight innings for his 11th win of the season.

30 years ago (1981)

“I had to make myself look young. They needed a 14-year-old prostitute,” said Ann Leagjeld. Coming from the outgoing 17-year-old daughter of Ted and Sue Leagjeld, the statement seems shocking until you learn that she's acting in a made-for-TV movie.

40 years ago (1971)

The local Green Thumb organization is rebuilding and repairing the rock wall and piers on the road that separates Boom Lake from the Mississippi River. Workers are Earnest Enius, John Carter, Jim Hardy and Ed Pegel. Hardy says the job should take three months.

60 years ago (1951)

Robert Hill, age 9, of 19th Street in Brainerd, found a large Siamese twin cucumber in his mother's garden. The two cucumbers look normal except for being joined together on one side. The cucumber is on display in the window of the Brainerd Dispatch.

80 years ago (1931)

The last regular concert of the season for the Brainerd Municipal Band will be played tonight at the Gregory Park grandstand. But the band will perform special musical numbers at the children's “Whoopee Day” program Saturday at Lum Park.

100 years ago (1911)

The Little Falls baseball team isn't happy with their last game here thus: “We challenge Brainerd to a game on Sept. 3, winner to take 60 percent of the gate receipts, loser 40 percent. Plus, a side bet of $150. 

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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