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This Was Brainerd - July 12

JULY 12 

  • 20 years ago (1998)

Three structure fires in the Garrison area - one three days ago and two yesterday - are believed to be linked and to be possible arson. Firefighters are still on the scene of the two houses that burned yesterday within a quarter-mile of each other. Fire officials term them "very, very suspicious."

  • 30 years ago (1988)

Trailer Systems 2000, one of several entities involved in the BITC project, is past due on repayment of a $350,000 loan from 1st American Bank. The loan is guaranteed by CDs belonging to the city. If the loan isn't repaid, the city loses the money from its general fund.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

Four years ago, Henry Preimesberger of Genola took up the more sedate sport of horseshoes. This year he's completing construction of an 18-court indoor horseshoe arena near Pierz that includes showers and a refreshment stand. He designed the project himself.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

(Photo) Ray (Spike) Hanson, Brainerd, took advantage of high, roily water in a nearby stream to entice this 4-4 brown trout, but wouldn't discuss the bait he used. But reports from Stoney Brook indicate trout there are being caught on gobs of worms.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin this morning took time from his governmental duties to issue a sharp protest over Brainerd's claim to Paul Bunyan. He pointed to the be-whiskered George Bernard Shaw as a living disciple of the great Paul. Brainerdites say it takes more than whiskers.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

Pvt. W.H. Hashbarger writes from France to thank Mrs. Bertha Cheviot for the box lunch and book given him when the Beltrami County boys passed through on their way to training. He said it was the best lunch on the train. He is now with a machine gun company.