This was Brainerd - August 23
20 years ago (1992)
Records fell faster than a nitromethane dragster in qualifying for today’s finals of the Champion Auto Stores Nationals at BIR. A combination of a new asphalt track and cool weather led to smashing all six records in the three NHRA professional categories.
30 years ago (1982)
A black bear’s penchant for cookies ended a brief but hazardous affair at the Trading Post in Outing. The bear, a 200-pounder named “Richard” was stolen from his cage after midnight, escaped, and climbed a tree. He was lured down by cookies and recaptured.
40 years ago (1972)
(Photo) Memento of Appreciation Awards from the U.S. Army were presented to Arnold (Casey) Stengel and Tom Morton, both counselors at Brainerd High School. They were presented by SSG John Schulz, local recruiter, for supporting the all-volunteer Army.
60 years ago (1952)
Gambling charges are being prepared to file against J. Edward McMahon, owner of the Deauville, following a raid there. McMahon says he wasn’t even there, and that a benefit fundraiser for the Brainerd baseball team was being conducted, which was confirmed.
80 years ago (1932)
An enrollment of 2,600, shattering all previous marks, is in prospect for the 1932-33 school term, which begins Sept. 6. Last year’s mark was about 2,500. With the new Franklin Junior High the system is better able to handle the increase in students.
100 years ago (1912)
The August 20 issue of the Daily Missoulian published a photo of Brainerd’s Leslie Bush in his Highlander uniform. Manager Blankenship said, “Connie Mack wants him and the boy will make good there. We get $750 now and $750 more on Dec. 1 if he shows anything.”