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This Was Brainerd - April 5

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

Baseball team members in vintage uniforms of their day pose for a photo.
A Brainerd baseball team poses for a photo.
Dispatch archives

APRIL 5

20 years ago (2002)

Stands of jack pine on county land in and around Camp Vanasek will be harvested this year. Land commissioner Tom Cowell said the jack pine are over-mature and many have fallen down, creating a fire hazard. The estimated 420 cords of wood brought in $21,384 during a sale. The area will be replanted.

30 years ago (1992)

Yesterday, Karoline, a DNR fire spotter, made her first trip up the 100-foot fire tower just east of Pequot Lakes. At the top she looked right into the face of a 250-pound bear. She beat a retreat and called for help. Turns out it was “Sassy,” a tame bear, owned by Police Chief Mark Forsberg. Sassy was lured back down with marshmallows.

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40 years ago (1982)

The Minn. Supreme Court denied Brainerd's motion to dismiss an appeal filed by demoted former police chief Wayne Hasty. The court ruled that Hasty had a right to appeal and the court must hear it. The controversy began in 1979 when the city council suspended Hasty and demoted him to patrolman.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.

60 years ago (1962)

The most brazen of burglaries plaguing Brainerd occurred last night at Washington High School. Just before 7:30 p.m., someone climbed through a window in the agriculture room, and used scissors to force open a drawer, stealing $7.00. Just the previous day the teacher had taken $50 to the bank.

80 years ago (1942)

The 75 county men who left to enter the armed forces yesterday formed the largest group so far – until today. Three buses were needed to transport the 131 county men who lined up in front of the court house and left for the army. In recognition of Army Day the men were saluted by the Brainerd Drum and Bugle Corps.

100 years ago (1922)

(Adv.) A Few Specials for Thursday-Friday! 100 Brunswick Records – ea. 60 cents; Chopping Axe – Reg. $1.50 – Now $1.00; 16-shot Remington .22 Rifle – Was $28.50 – Now $22.50; No. 3 Galvanized Tubs – 79 cents. Northern Home Furnishing Co. - Brainerd.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.