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This was Brainerd — July 22


20 years ago (1993)

The TV train engineer who chugged into children’s homes for nearly 20 years has now announced plans to retire from radio. KLKS broadcaster Roger Awsumb, now 65, will retire on July 31 to market his Casey Jones videos and memorabilia.

30 years ago (1983)

Two staff writers have been assigned duties in the Brainerd Dispatch newsroom. Tony Sailer, 26, a graduate of Perham and St. Cloud State, will cover the county board. Sandy Brown, 24, returns to cover general news and the entertainment/lifestyle section.

40 years ago (1973)

(Photos) Members of Company A, 367th Engineer Battalion spent their drill weekend constructing a 66-foot timber trestle bridge at Camp Confidence on Sylvan Lake. The 9-foot wide bridge allows wheelchair patients to cross the road leading to the beach area.

60 years ago (1953)

An all-out hunt is underway throughout the Midwest for Peter Smotas, 45, Grand View Lodge employee who vanished yesterday with a lodge bank deposit of $13,132. A man familiar with Smotas spotted the lodge station wagon near Little Falls and headed south.

80 years ago (1933)

An air show and flying circus, featuring several stunt fliers and a half dozen or more planes, will be held Sunday at Rosko Airport. Passengers will be taken up throughout the day and reduced prices will be in effect.

100 years ago (1913)

There was shipped today from Cloquet through Brainerd to Little Falls a Shetland pony. The express men had their hands full making the transfer from the Staples-Duluth train to the St. Paul train.

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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