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This Was Brainerd - Jan. 18

The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.


  • 20 years ago (1999)

On Jan. 16, FOX Sports camera crews taped many clips from the Jaycees $100,000 Fishing Extravaganza to be used during the NFC championship game telecast from Minneapolis. Only three got used, but it was priceless publicity for the Brainerd area.

  • 30 years ago (1989)

Nashville TV celebrity Steve Hall (a native of the Brainerd area) graciously declined the first invite to have Shotgun Red perform in an inauguration stage show. But Barbara Bush and her grandchildren are big fans of the country puppet, so Hall and Red are bound for DC.

  • 40 years ago (1979)

Ninety Minnesotans will be among a field of 121 for the 14th Winnipeg to St. Paul 500 Snowmobile Race. Local racers competing include: Fred Blum, Chuck Sather, Todd Thompson, Curt Heikkenen, and Tom, Brad and Craig Feierabend.

  • 60 years ago (1959)

(Adv.) Teen-Age Dance! Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. to "The Satellites" - Rock 'n Roll at its best. TV - Radio and Recording Artists, making their first appearance at the Brainerd Armory. Admission 90 cents - Parents Welcome.

  • 80 years ago (1939)

A wedding invitation, printed on birch bark and dated Nov. 15, 1871, was presented this week to the Crow Wing County Historical Museum. It was Brainerd's first wedding and was held at the newly built St. Paul's Episcopal Church for Thomas Shoaff and Nellie Lytje.

  • 100 years ago (1919)

Just at midnight the phone rang at Police Chief John Giles' home. It was Mayor Beise, telling him to meet the St. Paul train and capture a bank robber. Giles, with gun and handcuffs and two armed officers, entered the train car and found, not a bank robber, but his own son, returned from the war.