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This Was Brainerd - Sept. 3


  • 20 years ago (1998)

Vandalism and allegations of violence last weekend have forced Mayor Bonnie Cumberland to put on hold her plans to allow young people to hang out on the parking lot north of the Brainerd Skate Center. This follows Friday's barbecue bringing together young people and city officials.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

Chair Mike Burton of the Downtown Development Committee says they expect to prepare their plans for presentation to the city council by October. Included are a future site for the Dispatch, possibility of moving city hall and water and light into a new building, and an expanded Senior Center.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

The war is on for pedestrian safety in Brainerd, but the news from the front lines isn't good. Only two officers are on day shift duty and there are lots of intersections to monitor. Meanwhile, yesterday a 72-year-old woman was struck and injured while crossing Washington Street.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

A petition to rezone eight lots south of St. Joseph's Hospital for a medical clinic was denied by the city council. The rezoning was sought by a medical group seeking to build a new facility. It was opposed by a petition of property owners living near the proposed site.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Traveling via the airways to see the classic Bendix Air Races in Cleveland, G.C. Flaata and his brother, Sigurd, left today from the municipal airport in G.C.'s plane, a Great Lakes training craft. G.C. Flaata is Brainerd's only licensed pilot.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

An Austrian miner at the Omaha Mine out at Woodrow was saved from electrocution. He is said to have touched a wire which knocked him unconscious. A doctor from Brainerd found no heart movement. Artificial respiration revived him and he is recovering in Brainerd.