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This Was Brainerd - June 28


20 years ago (1998)

Brainerd Community Action's search for just the right grand marshal for this year's July 4th parade wasn't difficult. In January, Brainerd High School grad Turena (Johnson) Lane was given the Honda Award as the Division III female college athlete of the year. At Luther College, Lane won 17 individual running championships and three national titles.

30 years ago (1988)

Brainerd's sophomore VFW baseball team remained unbeaten in 14 games with a double-header sweep of Cold Spring. In the opener, Steve Albertson gave up just 3 hits and struck out 13. In the second game, Craig Warren threw a 3-hitter and walked only two.

40 years ago (1978)

Attorneys for Roger Caldwell began the defense in the murder trial now underway at the court house in Brainerd. An expert witness said that hair found at the scene was not Caldwell's. Three witnesses have testified for the defense and only three more are scheduled.

60 years ago (1958)

Playing on their "home" course at Brainerd Golf Course was they key for three local boys who took three of four spots in the coming state Jaycee Junior golf tournament. Chuck Chalberg led with a 73, Barry Bloom tallied a 76, and James "Skeeto" Peterson carded a 78.

80 years ago (1938)

Joe E. Brown, Jr., son of the famous big-mouthed Hollywood film comedian, arrived at Breezy Point Lodge yesterday to start his summer job as a bellhop. With him came close friend Jack Sommers. Both were stars on the UCLA freshman football team last fall.

100 years ago (1918)

A local man charged with stealing brass from buildings at the railroad yards had his hearing in municipal court yesterday afternoon. The complaint was filed against him by a special officer of the NP Railroad.