This Was Brainerd - March 19
- 20 years ago (1999)
Gary Puckett, lead singer for the Union Gap, which had a string of gold records and Billboard Top Ten hits in the 1960s, will be the featured entertainment at Brainerd's 4th of July Celebration on July 3. Among their hits were "Young Girl" and "Over You."
- 30 years ago (1989)
Bruce Buxton, Baxter, was elected president of the Minnesota Land Surveyors Assn. at its 37th annual convention in Bloomington. The group has 450 members, including 290 surveyors. Buxton is a registered land surveyor and professional engineer with Widseth, Smith Nolting & Assoc.
- 40 years ago (1979)
Police officer Randy Bush, suspended without pay after being indicted by a grand jury, has filed for unemployment benefits. City attorney D.A. Larson says the city of Brainerd, which is responsible for paying those benefits, will oppose his claim.
- 60 years ago (1959)
Members of the American Legion here want to change the name of the new state school and hospital to the Ernie Miller Memorial Hospital. They are lobbying state reps and senators to make the change. Miller led the Brainerd National Guard unit on Bataan in WWII.
- 80 years ago (1939)
The largest crowd ever to attend a public dance in Brainerd, nearly 500 couples, jammed the armory last night for the annual Policeman's Ball, with St. Patrick's Day celebrations thrown in for good measure. Proceeds will go to purchase a short-wave set for the Brainerd police.
- 100 years ago (1919)
Two miners were killed at the Armour No. 2 Mine near Crosby when they miscounted the number of blasts and started back to work before the last shot had exploded. They were identified as Rade Rabul and Jacob Rabul.