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This Was Brainerd - May 6

MAY 6

20 years ago (1999)

Shawn Stengel, a 1977 Brainerd grad, has occupied an important spot in entertainment history the past couple of years. He has been musical director of "Cats National IV," the longest touring theatrical show ever. His parents are Doris and Casey Stengel of Brainerd.

30 years ago (1989)

After nearly 18 months of frustrating negotiations, the employees of the Crestliner boat plant in Little Falls voted 157-98 to decertify their membership in the United Steelworkers union. It appears that turnover in employees resulting in younger workers was the cause.

40 years ago (1979)

Dogs killed 114 turkeys and injured another 75 at the Earl B. Olson turkey farm near the Gull River in Baxter. Baxter police and sheriff's deputies tracked the dogs for a mile before losing the trail. Mayor Stan Smith said that dogs running loose on the turkey farm would be shot on sight.

60 years ago (1959)

Ervin Williams, 63, of rural Sebeka, is being held in a half-million dollar forest fire west of Backus. Williams was brought to Brainerd by the Hubbard County sheriff to undergo a lie detector (polygraph) test because he repeatedly said he was "the cause" of the fire.

80 years ago (1939)

Injured in a 2 a.m. brawl at the Two Mile Corner Tavern, west of Brainerd, Donald Palmer, 22, is in St. Joseph's Hospital with a brain contusion and a broken elbow. Tavern owner Olaf Erickson hit him with a baseball bat, and his crippled son hit him with his crutch.

100 years ago (1919)

Figures compiled today at the Liberty Loan office show that the county once again went "over the top," exceeding its quota of $450,000 by selling $506,000 in Victory bonds, with more to come in. Brainerd's quota was $190,000 and it has raised $208,000.