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This Was Brainerd - July 11

JULY 11 

  • 20 years ago (1998)

More than three years after the county eliminated her job, an arbitrator ruled that Alexa Oxley Christianson must be given a chance to regain county employment. She had filed sexual harassment charges against former county attorney Jack Graham and said her job was eliminated in retaliation.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

Brainerd school officials will meet next week with state vocational representatives to review options for what promises to be a controversial expansion of the Brainerd Technical Institute. Problems arise because the best option requires changes to College Drive, which angers neighbors.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

Barry Sorenson and Steve Stoxen both hurled two-hitters for respective 12-0 and 10-0 shutout wins over Little Falls and C-I. That built the Brainerd VFW baseball record to 25-2 this summer. Mike Brown continued his solid hitting with 3-for-3 in the first game.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

The Brainerd Braves may only be in third place, but the team has winning uniforms now. Brainerd merchants funded the pearl-gray uniforms with fancy maroon lettering, and completed with new caps, stockings and white sweatshirts. The previous uniforms were seven years old.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Robert Jaeger, caretaker at Evergreen Cemetery, nearly lost his billfold to a carload of gypsies. Just as he was unlocking the east gate, a gypsy car drove up and a woman got out, asking for directions to Rice Lake. She snatched his billfold but he was quick enough to grab her hand. The car load fled.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

Boston strengthened its lead in the American League yesterday by defeating Cleveland 1-0 in 12 innings. Brainerd native Leslie "Joe Bullet" Bush was the winner in a tremendous pitchers' duel against Bagby, giving up eight hits.