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This Was Brainerd - May 13

MAY 13

  • 20 years ago (1999)

About two dozen people attended the county board meeting asking commissioners to support a moratorium on telecom towers to preserve the beauty of the lakes area. Over the past few weeks the planning and zoning office has received several tower requests to support digital phones.

  • 30 years ago (1989)

Rudy Perpich's morning on Pelican Lake for the Governor's Fishing Opener was like his tenure in office: He didn't want to quit. Local guide Margaret Kavanaugh managed to hook Perpich up with both walleyes and northerns before he returned to headquarters at Breezy Point Resort.

  • 40 years ago (1979)

Some Brainerd service station operators are casting a wary eye at a possible gas shortage of 16 percent this summer. In May, Thompson Oil was only able to get 85 percent of the gas it sold last year. Consumers Oil is now getting between 80 and 85 percent allocations.

  • 60 years ago (1959)

Dick Lagergren had a tough time turning down the head football coach's position at Montgomery just four years ago, instead accepting an assistant's job from Harvey Shew at Brainerd. Lagergren is now the new Brainerd coach, following the resignation of DeWayne Sundby.

  • 80 years ago (1939)

A beauty and personality contest will be held June 6 at the Paramount Theatre to select a young woman from this area to be Miss Brainerd. Each participating business will sponsor one candidate. The winner, if 18 or older, will be able to enter the Miss Minnesota contest in Marshall.

  • 100 years ago (1919)

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Clute, newcomers from Iowa, today began their life in Brainerd by buying 15 lots between Broadway and S. 10th St. They are putting in garden seeds this afternoon. They will build later and are now living in a tent on the property.