This Was Brainerd - Sept. 16

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.

A boy sits atop a beautiful horse on an early street in Brainerd.
Dispatch archive


20 years ago (2002)

In a medical emergency they are usually the first ones on the scene, and their work can be the difference between life and death. It's not always the ambulance or fire crews. It's area first responders, of which there are about 20 crews in the area. Their numbers are dwindling and they need more volunteers.

30 years ago (1992)

Baxter's Mark Ness is in Africa this week, flying relief supplies from Kenya to the starving people of Somalia. Mark, the son of Russ and Leona Ness, has been doing such things for years. The pilot with Northwest Airlines, and lieutenant colonel with the Minn. Air National Guard, took a four-week leave to make the relief flights.


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40 years ago (1982)

A joint state Senate-House task force met at Brainerd State Hospital – not to decide if the facility should be closed – but to find ways to better utilize it. The task force is visiting and reviewing all state hospitals with an intent to come up with a better use, believing there will be fewer hospital residents in the future.

60 years ago (1962)

Roger Oium, 34, of Deerwood, escaped injury early morning on Sept. 15 when his car went off County Road 1 on the south side of Serpent Lake. Oium said he was forced off the road by another car on a curve. His vehicle knocked down a mailbox, then traveled 400 feet through a flower garden and then a vegetable garden.

80 years ago (1942)

The county chapter of the Red Cross has notified the Bataan Relief Organization (BRO) that there are special forms available for an attempt to send messages to our men in the Philippines. Certain forms are used for those named as “missing in action” and others for those confirmed as “prisoners of war.”

100 years ago (1922)

Again the Pine River people are agitating for the division of Cass County, with the southern half to be called “Clover County,” with county seat to be in Pine River. The next move would be to annex the northern row of townships from Crow Wing County, and in exchange, give Crow Wing the townships to the west which would rather be in Crow Wing.

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