This Was Brainerd - April 10

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

The April 10, 1942 front page of the Brainerd Dispatch
The front page of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch on April 10, 1942. Brainerd's valiant heroes, the men of the 194th Tank Battalion trapped on the Bataan peninsula.
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20 years ago (2002)

Nearly 80 people squeezed into the Lake Edward town hall last night to attend a marathon meeting that went from 7 to 11:30 p.m. It included a little hammering on the table to encourage one person to talk at a time. The discussion was over whether the township should continue its own planning committee and comp plan.

30 years ago (1992)

The BCC Raiders followed their first baseball win of the year with a strange loss in its second game. The Raiders loaded the bases in the bottom of the 11th and Mike Lenarz grounded to short, knocking in the apparent winner. But umpires ruled he hadn't properly reported as a pinch hitter, disallowed the run and BCC lost 6-5.


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40 years ago (1982)

In the largest turnout in Brainerd Junior High School track history, 190 boys and girls have reported to coaches Joe Rezac, Barb Owens and Jeff Devaney for the 1982 spring season. Opening meet is April 20 with co-ed dual meets against C-I.

60 years ago (1962)

The school board last night adopted a resolution which calls for consolidation of the Brainerd school district with the East Gull Lake district. The merger had already been approved by the State Education Department. Now, voters of East Gull Lake must make the final approval.

80 years ago (1942)

Thirty-six thousand American and Filipino troops, exhausted by short rations, disease and lack of relief, were overwhelmed on the Bataan peninsula today by a fresh and numerically Japanese force. Sec. of War Stimson was unable to say how many of the men were killed, captured or wounded.

100 years ago (1922)

Despite reports from Twin Cities newspapers that the Stoner Dam on the Crow Wing River had gone out. A team of 60 men have saved it thus far. The crest of water and ice was 25 percent higher than any record. Sand bags, trees, brush and rocks were used to plug a gap on the dam's west wing.


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