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This was Brainerd - Jan. 20


20 years ago (1993)

While most Brainerd residents have watched inauguration hoopla on their TV sets, Brainerd’s 18-year-old Erika Diemert has a ringside seat. The George Washington University student is one of two freshmen on Bill Clinton’s transition team.

30 years ago (1983)

A jubilant Bernard Koering heard a District Court jury find him not guilty of diverting scrap wire funds from the city. The line foreman for the Water and Light Dept. was acquitted of all charges in the emotional climax of his week-long trial.

40 years ago (1973)

Brainerd firemen battled lack of water and lack of information in several fires this morning. At Lum Park a storage shed burned when there was no water due to a break in the water main. A house burned when telephones were out and no one could report the fire.

60 years ago (1953)

In a record-breaking 48-minute meeting the City Council took action on the worm abatement program, approved assessments for a storm sewer, set a date for the railway crossing meeting, granted milk and cigarette licenses and heard a report on skating rinks.

80 years ago (1933)

Production at the Hickerson Garment Factory, Brainerd, was stepped up to capacity today, bringing the full roster of 60 women back to work on a full-time basis. The quota for this year’s production has been set at 60,000 garments, the same as in 1932.

100 years ago (1913)

The Brainerd Ice Co. has commenced garnering its season’s ice crop at Rice Lake, and 38 teams of horses and 40 men are engaged in cutting, handling and storing the ice. The ice is of fine quality and is 20 inches thick, making the cakes an easily handled weight.

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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