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This Was Brainerd - April 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.

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State Champion was this Brainerd amateur baseball team of 1894, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured here are (front row) Frary, catcher; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, W.P. Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, lf; Warner, 2nd. Source: 'Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971'. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.

APRIL 29

20 years ago (2002)

The city council has adopted an ordinance changing the ward boundaries in the city in redistricting to comply with numbers from the 2000 census. This met with no particular controversy within the city, but three county commissioners expressed concern with the city plan as county districts can't split a city ward or precinct.

30 years ago (1992)

It took a year, but the FAA has reluctantly accepted the new county landfill. In an April 6 letter, the FAA district office said they will not object as long as the landfill site is moved in five years. At issue is the problem of birds, especially seagulls, attracted by garbage. The landfill is only 3.2 miles from the airport and should be five miles.

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40 years ago (1982)

There's no indication of contamination in Baxter's municipal water supply from the dumping of herbicides near the city wells, according to a report from state officials. Test wells drilled to determine groundwater flow show the flow is away from the city wells, 1,600 feet away from the dump site.

60 years ago (1962)

(Adv.) We're a Wonderland of Food Values! Hi-C Grape or Orange Drink – 3 for $1.00; Campbell's Tomato Soup – 10 cans for $1.00; Pork & Beans – 10 15-oz. cans $1.00; Large Chunk Style Bologna – lb. 39 cents; Center Cut Ham – lb. 89 cents. National Food Stores – Brainerd.

80 years ago (1942)

The Brainerd Municipal Airport hangar is now locked, with seven planes inside. Federal authorities say the doors will not be reopened until it becomes a “designated airport.” To do so the city and county must provide 24-hour guards, lights and a telephone. Guards had only been part-time here.

100 years ago (1922)

George Day, a former well-known Brainerd business man, writes from his home in Hilo, the Hawaiian Islands, that he expects to come to “the States” again in the latter part of May. He spent several months here last year and visited Brainerd friends for a couple of weeks. He moved to Hawaii 28 years ago.

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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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