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This Was Brainerd - Nov. 7


  • 20 years ago (1998)

The Warriors survived a wild finish to defeat top-seeded Bemidji 35-33 to win the Section 8 championship. Brainerd trailed most of the game until Mitch Feierabend blocked a punt and Brainerd scored for the lead. With Brainerd ahead 35-33, Bemidji failed on a 2-point conversion.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

Colin Beachy of Staples-Motley won the Class A cross country state title while Brainerd 8th grader Turena Johnson finished 10th in her first Class AA girls' meet. The Warrior runner's finish was the highest by a junior high athlete since 1978.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

An engineering consultant informed the county board that the local airport expansion project is the number one airport priority of both the state and the FAA. The major goal is building a 1,500 runway extension so the airport can accommodate larger jet aircraft.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

(Adv.) We're getting a large supply of quality trade-ins as we sell our new 1959 model cars. Here's an example: 1952 Plymouth 4-door sedan, a clean, nice-running car - only $195. Imgrund's Sales and Service - 6th and Norwood Streets.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

With perfect weather, the county may cast the heaviest vote here in many years. Lines had already formed at many precincts when polls opened at 6:30 a.m. Once again the Dispatch invites citizens to call in at Number 74 or 75 to get the latest returns. But please, not before 10 p.m.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

Premature news said fighting in the great war ended today in Europe, but local celebrations had a sad note. Two men had their hands torn off by the premature explosion of the NP Railroad cannon at 5th and Laurel. After an initial celebratory shot, they were swabbing the barrel when black powder exploded.