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This Was Brainerd- Oct. 14

20 years ago (1991)

Although they fell short of their goal of five tons, Brainerd and Baxter Boy Scouts did collect twice as much as last year - a total of 3.2 tons of food for the Salvation Army. Their Scouting for Food drive went door-to-door and used area business drop sites. 

30 years ago (1981)

Irene Johnson, the lady behind Brainerd's anti-fluoride battle, will take the county treasurer to court over a $19.38 water bill. The unpaid bill was added to her property taxes. “I have not paid my bill since the water was fluoridated,” she said.

40 years ago (1971)

A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter in the July shooting of Virginia Wrobel, south of Walker. The man was one of three persons burglarizing a home when Wrobel went to investigate and was shot. The others have yet to be tried.

60 years ago (1951)

Pork Sausage, Beef Tongue or Pork Liver - lb. 33 cents; Beef Hearts - lb. 39 cents; Home Grown Rutabagas - 6 lbs. 25 cents; Home Rendered Lard - lb. 2 lbs. 49 cents; Chesterfield Cigarettes - carton $1.87. Sanitary Market - 121 A Street Northwest.

80 years ago (1931)

Attaches of the state fire marshal's office are completing their investigation into a fire early Sunday morning at a Norwood Street house owned by Ernest Ritari, operator of Squaw Point Resort. It appears the fire was set from an outside porch.

100 years ago (1911)

An iron mine in the city limits of Brainerd, and located on Judge Holland's land in Southeast Brainerd, just a mile from the post office may occur. Drilling shows a million tons of ore. The ore vein is said to extend from South 6th Street to Oak Street, then north.