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This Was Brainerd - Jan.11


  • 20 years ago (1999)

For NFL players, the build-up and hype disappear with the initial kickoff. For Deerwood resident Jack Dryer, that's when the pressure starts. Dryer has been the NFL's timekeeper for Viking games for 32 years, and has worked nearly every home game they have played.

  • 30 years ago (1989)

News of the death of Japanese Emperor Hirohito has been watched with interest by Brainerd attorney Carl Erickson. As a member of Gen. MacArthur's staff, he saw the emperor immediately after Japan surrendered. And, he owns a sake cup once owned by new Emperor Akihito.

  • 40 years ago (1979)

In the bitter cold of pre-dawn today, local and state law enforcement officers swept through the Brainerd area in coordinated raids, arresting 32 during a stolen property crackdown. The six-month "sting" operation resulted in 21 arrests in Crow Wing County.

  • 60 years ago (1959)

The Brainerd Chamber will host a meeting to discuss a Minnesota sales tax proposed by the Minneapolis Chamber. The three percent sales tax would replace the personal and business property taxes and provide additional funds to operate the state for two years.

  • 80 years ago (1939)

Whether the current Lincoln School will be vacated to make way for construction of the new school may be decided soon. The contractor is ahead of schedule, so students may be moved to the high school music room, with the rest going to Whittier and Franklin schools.

  • 100 years ago (1919)

Oak Street appears to be a dizzy place to navigate. Yesterday the warm sun thawed the roadway and, near the 2-Mile Corner, two large loads of hay had upset and a bus was lying on its side. One had to drive out into the fields in some places to continue on.