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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 23


  • 20 years ago (1998)

This year as part of their twice-annual training day, Brainerd police officers decorated and distributed 500 Christmas cookies at Whittier Elementary. Jeanne Larson's kindergarten class judged that Mike Bestul and Scott Stanfield were the best decorators, and gave them paper crowns.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

It started innocently. Ethel Kunkel bought her son, Larry, a pair of fake-suede cotton pants for Christmas. He didn't like them much and gave them to brother-in-law Roy Collette next Christmas. Now, for 20 years, the two have given the pants to each other in increasingly elaborate ways.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

The Warrior boys' swim team defeated Cambridge last night with three swimmers winning two events each. Joe Vrudny took the 200 and 500 free titles, Matt Vrudny won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, while Mike Abrahamson won the 50 and 100 free events.

  • 60 years ago (1958)

A $12,000 apartment house fire and a garage fire over the weekend brought sad holiday news to a number of residents. The apartment fire caused a loss of possessions and Christmas presents, while the garage fire destroyed a 1954 car and more Christmas presents.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Tippy Tom, the toy bulldog pet of Bobby Weaver, 8, has been returned after being missing for five days. The Dispatch story, telling how the dog followed the boy to the skating rink and became lost, was read by a man who gave shelter to the little dog. He refused the offered reward.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

Aviator Ray Fredstrom arrived home Sunday from England, where he spent the last five months in an aviation mechanics school. He returned on the Mauritania and went to Camp Dodge to be mustered out. He is the first Brainerd soldier to return from overseas.