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This Was Brainerd - March 12


  • 20 years ago (1999)

The Heartland Animal Rescue Team investigated and shut down what they said was a Brainerd puppy mill, seizing 25 Pomeranian dogs. Four of the dogs have since died, but HART has invested tender loving care on the other 21 that will soon be ready for adoption.

  • 30 years ago (1989)

Staples-Motley senior swimmer Mark Lelwica successfully defended his 100-yard freestyle title at the state meet, winning in a school record time of 46.69 seconds. Edina's Jason Rogers was second. In the 50 free, Lelwica was second in 21.73, with Rogers the winner.

  • 40 years ago (1979)

Brainerd Police Officer Randy Bush will go to trial April 24 in either Baudette or Duluth. Bush, 27, had been indicted on charges of assault and misconduct earlier. Judge Clint Wyant moved quickly to set the date and a change of venue. Bush's attorney may choose from the two sites.

  • 60 years ago (1959)

(Photo) Fabricated sections of the new Brainerd one million gallon water tower began arriving this week. Completion of the tower, located on Front Street between 9th and 10th Streets, is set for mid-summer. It will allow retirement of the historic water tower at 6th and Washington.

  • 80 years ago (1939)

The Warrior basketball team will face Staples tonight for the district title. Brainerd advanced for a chance to win their first title since 1933 by defeating Wadena 26-16 on a big rally in the final period. Brainerd has beaten Staples twice this season in very close games.

  • 100 years ago (1919)

A section of the Revenue Act passed on Feb. 24 authorizes the payment of a $60 bonus to officers, soldiers, clerks and nurses honorably discharged from active service in the war. Those who received their final pay without the bonus should write to Washington, DC, giving date of discharge.