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This Was Brainerd - Feb. 12

The "fill" grounds skating rink, located near Franklin Junior High School, winter of 1938-39. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.


  • 20 years ago (1999)

John Palmer may be best known as a member of the well-regarded regional band "Wyld Ryce," from 1979-1986. But he and wife Vicki had three sons - Chris, 24, Corey, 19, and Brady, 11 - and now the five Palmers have formed a family band called, naturally, "The Palmers."

  • 30 years ago (1989)

After three straight years of winning the Region 8AA gymnastics meet by .55 hundredths of a point or less, the Warriors took the crown with 137.5 to runner-up St. Cloud Tech's 128.15. It was Brainerd's 8th straight region title and they send five gymnasts to the individual meet.

  • 40 years ago (1979)

Fire ravaged an apartment in Breezy Point Resort's historic Fawcett house, but there were no injuries. The fire started in a chair at 2 a.m., and people in the main commons area banged on the door to wake the apartment dweller, who was sleeping. She escaped.

  • 60 years ago (1959)

(Photo) Roger Halverson receives the Eagle Scout award from Dr. Jack Echternacht, Troop 47 Scoutmaster, as his parents, Max and Edie Halverson look on. Also pictured is Roger's brother, Marc, who received his Second Class Scout award.

  • 80 years ago (1939)

Forty men, five trucks and three snowplows were at work today digging Brainerd out of the snow drifts that a 25 mph wind had piled up during the night. The city engineer said the crews were hampered by continued drifting, but that county and state roads were in worse shape.

  • 100 years ago (1919)

After two hours of deliberation, the jury in the case of Hilda Hill, charged with manslaughter, said "not guilty." The little woman smiled through her tears and thanked the jury. She had shot her estranged husband when he threatened her and tried to break into her house.