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This Was Brainerd - Oct. 19


  • 20 years ago (1998)

Predictions that DNR fishing regulations would keep anglers close to the 220,000 pound walleye quote on Mille Lacs Lake didn't work out. Anglers caught an estimated 330,000 pounds. The DNR said they'll never be perfect about this, with some years high and others low.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

Sherm Kavanaugh quit the agricultural sales business in 1969 to buy a nine-cabin resort on Sylvan lake. Twenty years later, he has been named Minn. Resorter of the Year. Sherm gives wife Mae much of the credit, especially for developing the resort's famous restaurant.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

A long sought school district lease of the Brainerd Civic Center is a step closer to reality, as a board committee approved a $35,000 agreement that would include a one-year lease and the purchase of hockey boards. The civic center board needs to approve the lease.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

A Mississippi River duck hunting trip for Ken Wagner and sons Roger and Denny anded abruptly when their 20-foot cabin cruiser struck a sunken piling and sank, stern first, in shallow water. Fortunately, Roger had been dropped off with a duck boat, and he rescued the others.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

A delegation of eight ministers, the PTA and other Brainerd organizations has asked Gov. Benson to remove Brainerd mayor Harry Greger and Sheriff Geo. Ridley from office for failure to enforce the law against slot machines. The governor said: "If you furnish me proof, I'll remove them."

  • 100 years ago (1918)

A meeting of Mayor R.A. Beise, the city board of health, school board and physicians held at the chamber office resulted in the decision to continue the ban on public gatherings of all kinds for another week due to the Spanish influenza. This includes churches, schools, theaters, etc.