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This Was Brainerd - Nov. 9


  • 20 years ago (1998)

Brainerd area residents awoke to rain this morning but it soon turned to heavy snow in the first storm of the season. It prompted four area school districts to send students home early. A number of meetings set for this evening have been postponed.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

Counting of county absentee election ballots began this morning shortly after the polls opened. Auditor Roy Luukkonen had teams tabulate the 2,503 absentee ballots, the most in county history. Luukkonen said it will amount to more than 10 percent of the expected 20,000 total votes.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

The terms of two Garrison city councilmen will be decided by the flip of a coin. The one gaining the most votes gets a 4-year term; the other gets a 2-year term. The two men tied with 45 votes each. Mayor Arnie Cash, elected to his 7th term, will be the coin flipper.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

A Staples woman was critically injured when a hunter's bullet crashed through a window of her house, went through her stomach and exited through another window. A hunter is in critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital after a bullet ricocheted off a deer's antler and struck him.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Brainerd has a high state official in its midst today as C. Elmer Anderson held a huge lead for Lt. Governor. Several local races are too close to call yet. Thousands of citizens called the Dispatch for the latest election results, and hundreds more visited the office to see results posted.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

The post office says Christmas boxes for our boys overseas cannot be brought directly to them for mailing. The items must be taken to the Red Cross at city hall, where they'll be inspected, packed in regulation boxes and brought to the post office by Red Cross personnel.