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This was Brainerd-Jan. 9


20 years ago (1992)

Less than three years after it was crafted, State Sen. Don Samuelson says a plan outlining the future of the state hospital system is coming unraveled. For Brainerd, that means its facility is unlikely to see a security unit or an additional 105 nursing home beds.

30 years ago (1982)

A bitter cold wave locked Minnesota in its grip, sending wind chill readings as low as 72 below zero. Travelers’ advisories were posted and the forecast was for overnight lows of 20 to 40 below, with Sunday highs of 2 below to 15 below.

40 years ago (1972)

Two burglars entered the O’Brien Store on Laurel Street, according to a woman who called police at 12:20 a.m. They climbed up a drain pipe behind the Happy Hour Bar and broke through a trap door. Police sealed off the area but the burglars escaped.

60 years ago (1952)

Construction of a new church and parsonage on a site purchased for that purpose was voted at the annual meeting of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The site is on the west side of S. 6th Street. Plans are to build the new parsonage this spring, followed by the church.

80 years ago (1932)

The Crosby mayor’s election contest, Emil Nygard vs. Fred Krause, neared a close in district court before Judge Thwing. The sensation of the case was testimony by a handwriting expert, claiming 28 of the last 93 ballots counted were marked by the same person.

100 years ago (1912)

The J.W. Koop grocery store team had a spectacular runaway. The horses bolted without the driver and swung round the corner of 6th and Laurel. The box on the sled flew off and crashed into the heavy logging sled of John Craddock. The team continued down Laurel.

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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