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This Was Brainerd - June 14


20 years ago (1998)

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport, an air show is planned there on July 18 and 19. AirFest 98 will feature three hours of acrobatics, parabatics, comedy acts, exhibits, food and much more.

30 years ago (1988)

Intense disagreement marked discussion of a proposed speed limit on Gull Lake. About 125 people attended what was billed as informational, but at times became a shouting match. A recent survey showed a huge majority favoring noise control and a speed limit.

40 years ago (1978)

A Mille Lacs Lake landmark went to a watery grave last night. The Blue Goose fishing launch, long a fixture on the lake, was rammed by another boat and sank in nine feet of water. Pieces of the boat have already washed ashore and the owner doubts it can be saved.

60 years ago (1958)

An albino robin is attracting attention at 2nd Avenue NE. The bird, which spends most of its time in the yard of Lyle Sandberg, is described as snow white. It often sits on a stump and takes food from two parent robins.

80 years ago (1938)

It was on the same field west of Pine River where the 4-year-old boy wandered away a few days ago, that two years ago several children from the nearby Young family ate poison mushrooms and died. Authorities remark on the terrible coincidence.

100 years ago (1918)

Col. Freeman Thorpe, noted portrait artist from Hubert, has just returned from Detroit, Mich., where he painted a number of commissioned works. Their Liberty Loan committee drafted him as a speaker and, though 79, he made nine speeches in a single day.