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This was Brainerd — Nov. 24


20 years ago (1993)

“Build it and they will come.” George Vedder’s dream of building the North Central Baseball League, an 8-team Class A minor league, came true when Brainerd became the first franchise. The city council approved a two-year lease for 36 games at Mills Park.

30 years ago (1983)

A dinner honoring State Patrol Safety Officer Frank McCarthy has been scheduled Nov. 9 at the Moose Lodge. He is retiring after 26 years with the patrol, during which he spoke to thousands of school children about bicycle safety and other safety issues.

40 years ago (1973)

(Photo) Rudy Boschwitz, president of Plywood Minnesota, bids “bon voyage” to Gene and Joan Steiger as the Brainerd couple prepares to leave Minneapolis for a one-week trip to Switzerland with 30 other couples from the Plywood Minnesota business team.

60 years ago (1953)

A total of 1,502 deer and 31 bear were entered in the 6th Annual Vogue Dugout contest, according to Earl Mondor, manager. Peter Milan, Brainerd, shot the largest deer at 251 pounds. Herb Nelson of Hopkins got the largest bear, weighing in at 438 pounds.

80 years ago (1933)

(Adv.) You all remember Smokey Joe! He’ll be back Saturday night at his new location next to the Nisswa Hotel. Barbecue Ribs, Swift’s Premium Ham, Beef, Fried Chicken, Steaks and Chops. Beer on tap. All are invited to our gala opening.

100 years ago (1913)

Joe Brandt has returned from Barrows where he shot three turkeys in the Thanksgiving shooting match and was stopped from getting any more. Hilmer Wilson and Pete Rosko also shot three each, which was the limit.