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This Was Brainerd - April 15

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 derailed train box car.
This boxcar and the one behind it derailed yesterday morning at the 13th Street crossing near the NP Shops. Each of the two cars was loaded with 50 tons of wet pulpwood on its way to the Northwest Paper Mill in Brainerd. No reason was given for the derailment.
Megan Whalen
Megan Whalen, Brainerd senior, put her hockey uniform away for the weekend, put on a fancy dress and was named the 2002 Miss Minnesota Homecoming Queen yesterday. Whalen said she felt out of her element but the other 24 finalists were nice. As the state queen, she will travel to California this summer for the national contest.

APRIL 15

20 years ago (2002)

Megan Whalen, Brainerd senior, put her hockey uniform away for the weekend, put on a fancy dress and was named the 2002 Miss Minnesota Homecoming Queen yesterday. Whalen said she felt out of her element but the other 24 finalists were nice. As the state queen, she will travel to California this summer for the national contest.

30 years ago (1992)

For nearly six weeks the Brainerd Community College softball team has done nothing but practice. “The players couldn't wait for our first game,” said first-year coach Jane Peterson. The wait was worth it as the Raiders took a double-header from Northland, 20-0 and 33-2. Julie Rubel tossed a one-hitter in the opener.

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40 years ago (1982)

Right-hander Bruce Bialka tied the school record for strikeouts with 14 as the Warriors defeated C-I yesterday 9-4 in its season opener. Bialka was supported by clutch hitting. (Note: The strikeout record Bruce tied was set by his brother, Mike Bialka, Dispatch sportswriter who covered the game and wrote the story.)

60 years ago (1962)

(Photo) This boxcar and the one behind it derailed yesterday morning at the 13th Street crossing near the NP Shops. Each of the two cars was loaded with 50 tons of wet pulpwood on its way to the Northwest Paper Mill in Brainerd. No reason was given for the derailment.

80 years ago (1942)

Fire which swept through meadows on a two-mile front along Hwy 218 south of Brainerd, destroyed a large amount of hay but was kept away from buildings on the six farms that were involved. The farmers and forest rangers were also able to keep the fire from reaching timber areas.

100 years ago (1922)

(Adv.) Be sure to try our Easter Dinner! Serving oyster cocktail and consomme soup as appetizers. Main course is wall-eyed pike, sugar-cured ham with spinach, lobster patties, pork chops, stuffed spring chicken and prime ribs au jus. Buns, salad, vegetables and assorted desserts. Ransford Hotel.

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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.

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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.