This Was Brainerd — Feb. 22
20 years ago (1993)
Matt Ostrowski and Jacob Jensen, both of Brainerd, won championships in the Section 8AA wrestling tournament at Moorhead. Warrior sophomore Ostrowski ran his record to 19-2 at 125 pounds. Jensen is now 24-4 at 135 pounds. Both move on to the state meet.
30 years ago (1983)
An attempt to replace long-time Water & Light board member Len Peterson was crushed as the city council objected to the pro-fluoride stand of the man proposed by Mayor C. Elmer Anderson. Harold Gillespie was defeated 5-2 as members said the fluoride fight isn’t over.
40 years ago (1973)
Former Brainerd high school All-State basketball player Larry Bunnell paced Bemidji State’s junior varsity squad with an 18.5 points-per-game average. Bunnell, a 6-6, 200-pound sophomore, also got playing time with the varsity squad as a reserve center.
60 years ago (1953)
Unless the legislature rejects the report of its interim commission on mental health, the proposed state hospital for Brainerd appears dead. Instead, the commission recommended construction of new buildings at Cambridge to add 400 beds to that hospital.
80 years ago (1933)
Victory over Little Falls by a decisive score early in the season boomeranged on Brainerd’s cagers who, torn by dissension, fell by a score of 35 to 19. The Warriors took a nosedive with a pathetic and woefully weak exhibition of basketball.
100 years ago (1913)
At the tie treating plant of the NP Railroad, situated in West Brainerd, 35 men are at work, with A. J. Loom being the foreman. Work has been hampered by a scarcity of cars on which to load shipments. With the plant at full capacity, three times as many men will be at work.