SEPTEMBER 15

20 years ago (2001)

As a sign of community and national unity in the face of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, the Dispatch will run a full-page flag in today's edition. The reverse side will remain blank, though many wished to purchase advertising to support the effort. The Dispatch encourages readers to instead make donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

30 years ago (1991)

Jerry Pflepsen put in a long weekend's work on the golf course, and it paid off. Playing in the Brainerd Golf Club men's championship, he started with a 74 on Saturday, putting him two strokes behind four other golfers. He carded a 72 on Sunday for a one shot lead over Jim Klein and Paul Greengo. A 39 for the final nine gave him the title.

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40 years ago (1981)

Leadership of the Brainerd school district passed into new hands last night, as former asst. superintendent Bob Gross took the job at a salary of $45,024. Supt. Elliot Whoolery, who stepped down after 17 years, said, “I always wondered what the last board meeting was going to be like.”

60 years ago (1961)

The Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Scott of Brainerd, and six other priests in the Diocese of Duluth, who were recently elevated by Pope John XXIII to the rank of domestic prelate, will be formally invested at a ceremony in Holy Rosary Cathedral in Duluth, on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Scott is pastor of St. Francis Parish in Brainerd.

80 years ago (1941)

Co-captain Gene Brandt used his experience to lead the Warrior football team to a season-opening victory over visiting Aitkin, 13-0. A first half fumble by Aitkin was followed by a long pass, Brandt to Peterson to the four. Brandt punched over the score and kicked the point. Another Aitkin fumble in the second half led to a second score by Brandt.

100 years ago (1921)

Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush, the major league pitcher from Brainerd, won his seventh consecutive victory when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The opposing pitcher, Hoyt, was effective, but Yankee errors let in two runs. After two difficult years, Bush's arm is strong once again.

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