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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 24


20 years ago (1997)

When sheriff's deputies raided a Crosby home it recovered what Sheriff Dick Ross called a Christmas present for the whole county. In the house and a storage building they found 100s of items believed to have come from over 60 burglaries. After an armed confrontation, a Crosby man was arrested.

30 years ago (1987)

An imaginative lighting display that one judge called "blindingly wonderful" featured 3,775 lights and won the fantasy division for Richard Shatka in the Brainerd Christmas Lighting Contest. The religious division award went to Jim and Betty Alderman of N. 9th Street.

40 years ago (1977)

Although the county commissioners are not totally enthusiastic about the new county law enforcement building, they told the architect to prepare plans and specs with a unanimous vote. After paring the cost down, the final tab now stands at $2,240,000.

60 years ago (1957)

Mrs. Joe Rian, Brainerd, hopes the spirit of Christmas will move the person who took her red billfold from the counter at J.C. Penney to return it. It contained all her shopping money for her family, about $185, which she had carefully saved from her grocery money all year.

80 years ago (1937)

The strike at the F.W. Woolworth store in Brainerd has ended with the company signing a contract with the retail clerks union. The walkout lasted just 26 hours. More picketing of other stores in the city may occur as the campaign to unionize local stores continues.

100 years ago (1917)

The Dispatch has received word from the collector of the internal revenue department that a federal tax officer will be in Brainerd Jan. 3-16 to assist tax payers with their returns at no charge. Couples with net income of $2,000 and singles with $1,000 will owe taxes.