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This Was Brainerd - April 17


20 years ago (1998)

Spraying treated waste water on the Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge could save the city of Nisswa $130,000 more than if it had to purchase its own land to use as a spray field. Mark Ronnei, the resort general manager, said they are willing to participate.

30 years ago (1988)

Judge John Spellacy yesterday said attorney Jack Graham is either "an unmitigated liar or has crossed the line into paranoia." The judge said Graham is not fit to practice law and will seek to have him disbarred. Graham, in turn, said he will seek the judge's removal from office.

40 years ago (1978)

(Adv.) Plan your dining week! Tuesday: Chicken Honey Almondine - $3.95; Wednesday and Thursday: Delicious Chicken and/or Ribs - $4.50; Friday: All-You-Can Eat Fish - $3.50, or Huge Prime Rib - $5.95. The Quarterdeck on Gull Lake.

60 years ago (1958)

"Wilderness arsonists" were blamed today by the area forester for many of the recent fires in the Brainerd area. C. Homer Whiting pointed to an early morning fire near the Pine Beach Road as an example. "We'd appreciate any information we can get on the guilty parties," he said.

80 years ago (1938)

(Adv.) Farmers . . . Potatoes! For one week only - from April 17 through April 23 - The Dispatch will accept potatoes at the rate of 50 cents per bushel as payment for subscriptions up through July 1st. Hand selected potatoes only - no culls, scabby or small potatoes.

100 years ago (1918)

Reports coming in on progress of the 3rd Liberty Bond Drive are most encouraging. Three of the twelve districts have already exceeded their quota. The canvass at the Northwest paper Mill is not yet complete but $8,000 has been raised, and the Rogers-Brown Mine has raised $25,000.