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This Was Brainerd - Oct. 31


  • 20 years ago (1998)

The sixth-seeded Warrior volleyball team outlasted third-seeded Thief River Falls 15-12, 15-10, 10-15, 2-15, 15-8 for an upset in the North Subsection 8AA volleyball tournament. Brainerd advances to the semifinals against second-seeded Moorhead.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

If you're not a local, you're a newcomer, and sometimes it's hard to fit in. Tom O'Brien, a businessman who also served as a mayor, decided to do something about it and started the Brainerd Newcomers Club 40 years ago. Michelle Ruen, current president, said the club has touched thousands of lives.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

(Photo) Gov. Rudy Perpich visited the Cuyuna Range and met with seven veterans of work at the historic and ill-fated Croft Mine. Pictured are: Peter Stefano, Vicenzo Rocco, Carl Anderson, Gust Steinke, Euno Nord, Leslie Austin and John Deblock.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

(Adv.) One Night Only! Tonight at the Paramount Theatre see Capitol Records star Gene Vincent, live on our stage. Mr. Bee Bop A Lu La himself with his band the Blue Caps. You saw him starring with Jayne Mansfield in "The Girl Can't Help It." Dance in the aisles if you want.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Brainerd radio listeners, in common with others throughout the nation, were thrown into panic last night by the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," portraying a Martian invasion of earth centered on New Jersey. The local phone switchboard was flooded with panicked calls.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

An especially sad case of Spanish flu in Brainerd is that of a wife and five children getting the disease from the husband, who had been working at Ironton and before he knew he was sick. An emergency hospital has been set up at Woodrow with nurses from Brainerd. The little town has already had two deaths.