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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 5


  • 20 years ago (1998)

Since age 7, Gabriella Principe studied English in Argentina, making her fluent in the language. Today she's helping Baxter second-graders learn Spanish as a second language. Parents, students and teachers will meet with Supt. Bob Gross to see if the program can be permanent.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

A 34-year-old Nisswa man was found dead in the trunk of his car at his home last night after he had apparently been beaten to death. A window in his house had been broken and there was blood in the house. No one is in custody at this time but authorities say they have suspects.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

A short circuit that knocked out power to half the city left Kari Melby, 15, stuck in an elevator at the North Star Apartments for four hours. And, at Tornstrom Auditorium, 600 concert goers were issued candles at the door to illuminate the Christmas concert of the Heartland Symphony.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

Buddy Zontelli, son of the Jack Zontellis of Crosby, will be featured in his first starring movie role coming to the Crosby Theatre Dec. 11. He will appear under his screen name of Zon Teller. The movie, "Hot Angels," is a tale of speed on the highways and in the air.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

The score was satisfactory but the play wasn't as the Warriors opened their cage season with a 29-22 win over Fergus Falls. First game jitters put them behind 13-10 at the half before they rallied for the victory. Boyd and Alderman led scoring with 9 points each.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

Dr. Green from the State Board of Health conferred today with local doctors, city council, school board, etc. and the flu ban on public meetings was not reinstated. It was noted that at least 37 deaths were charged to the flu here, and that there are now more than 50 cases in hospital.