This Was Brainerd - June 29

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


20 years ago (2002)

Brainerd diver Shaun Kennedy has many titles in his sport. He's a conference and section champion, and a three-time all-state performer at the state swim meet. Now you can call him All-American. The National Swim Coaches Assn. named him to the All-American team where he ranks 19th in the nation.

30 years ago (1992)

While unemployment rose statewide from April to May by one-half percent, it dipped by that much or more in the county and in Region 5. By the numbers the state went from 5.0 percent to 5.5 percent – the same as last year – and the county dropped from 6.6 to 6.0 percent, again, the same as last year.


40 years ago (1982)

School Supt. Bob Gross forfeited a $3,800 salary increase in an effort to make the public see that school leadership understands the sacrifices needed to maintain quality education. Gross told the board he wasn't thrilled to give up the money but it was the right thing to do seeing they had just closed school buildings and reduced staff.

60 years ago (1962)

Any passenger on a train must accustom himself to the regular clickety-click of the wheels as the train speeds over the joints between rail sections. Most of that will be alleviated as the NP Railroad installs 1,443-foot rails on about 3.5 miles of track through the Brainerd city area.

80 years ago (1942)

Brainerd youths who are required to register for the fifth selective service registration should do so tomorrow at the Brainerd Armory from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. This includes those born between Jan. 1, 1922, and June 30, 1924, - or those ages 18 to 20. They should come prepared with necessary personal information.

100 years ago (1922)

All ex-soldiers are asked by the 50th Anniversary parade committee to be out in uniform on July 4. We need a big turnout for their section of the parade. Most already have their old uniforms, but the Frank & James Co. has extras to loan. In addition, there are soldiers who have extra uniforms to loan.


Read More TWB

What To Read Next
Get Local