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This Was Brainerd - May 10

MAY 10

20 years ago (1999)

With a packed house and 101 cars on hand, North Central Speedway opened its 1999 season. In Pure Stocks, Chad Schlegel battled Travis Wermter in the A feature, with Wermter taking the win. In a Street Stock heat race it was a photo finish as Ike Cahoon nipped Brad Jensen.

30 years ago (1989)

Despite assurances from Gov. Perpich that the Brainerd State Hospital won't be closed, civic leaders worried about its future and more than 800 people jammed Tornstrom Auditorium for a town meeting. Phones at the state legislature have been ringing off the hook on the issue.

40 years ago (1979)

A legal battle over mandatory fluoridation of city water has intensified after the state announced it will seek dismissal of an effort by Brainerd forces to stop fluoridation here. The city's special counsel Jack Graham had asked a federal court to stop mandatory fluoridation.

60 years ago (1959)

The sheriff is seeking the owner of a large yellow dog which is being held after biting a 2-year-old Merrifield girl in the lip. The dog will be watched for ten days for rabies. Sheriff Al Krueger says there are numerous complaints of Brainerd dog owners "dumping" their pets in rural areas.

80 years ago (1939)

Probably for the first time in state history, five grandsons participated in the solemn requiem mass for their grandmother. Four grandsons who are Catholic priests, and one studying to be a priest, conducted the service for Mrs. James McCabe at St. Francis Catholic Church.

100 years ago (1919)

Corp. Ira Holsapple of Co. M, 26th Infantry, part of the Army of Occupation in Germany, has written to his sister in Brainerd. "It rains or snows most of the time here. Glad fighting is over so we can sleep in beds. It was a great life in the dugouts, with rats running over your face and eating your food."

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