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This Was Brainerd - March 13


  • 20 years ago (1999)

A fall on an icy sidewalk outside the Brainerd School District office meant a hospital stay and eight weeks on crutches for Supt. Bob Gross, who broke his hip socket. But third graders at Riverside School are trying to cheer him up by writing and illustrating a get-well book.

  • 30 years ago (1989)

Dick Endres, a board member of the St. Francis Community Soup Kitchen, said they would reconsider a federal grant for $4,850 that they recently turned down. Chuck Jacobi, soup kitchen president, said the group had feared it might cut into the spirit of local volunteerism.

  • 40 years ago (1979)

The start of teacher salary negotiations may be delayed until May this year, according to Bob Gross, asst. supt. The Brainerd Federation of Teachers has challenged the Brainerd Education Assn. for the right to represent teachers, and an election will be needed to decide the challenge.

  • 60 years ago (1959)

Washington High School's weekly student newspaper, the Pow-Wow, won first place honors in the Columbia Scholastic Press Assn. contest for papers at schools with 751-1,000 students. Second place in that division went to St. Cloud Tech.

  • 80 years ago (1939)

Notified of a stick-up last night at Reed's Tavern, 11 miles west on Hwy 210, Sheriff Roy Wickland and two others soon found a car with seven young men stuck in a snowdrift. When they tried to help, the boys ran. Turns out they had stolen the car and robbed the tavern. All seven were caught.

  • 100 years ago (1919)

The tragedy of the Spanish flu continues. One of the saddest cases is the home of Frank Demaree, where the father died two days ago. Yesterday, his wife, who had been nursing him, also died. Today nurses are trying to save their two-year-old boy, but he is not expected to live.