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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 12

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 man holds a muskie.
Dick Bagnell, Iowa, had a half-hour fight before landing this 36-pound muskie at Leech Lake recently. He was fishing off Pelican Island with a silver minnow bait on just six-pound test line. It's on display here at Ev Lassig's Log Cabin and will be mounted for further showings.
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AUGUST 12

20 years ago (2002)

Brainerd's Mighty Gulls baseball team lost 2-1 to the St. Cloud River Bats in the Northwoods League action, but it was OK with them. They had already won the league's second half title and secured home-field advantage for the first round of the league playoffs.

30 years ago (1992)

(Adv.) It's our Fall and Winter European Air Fare Sale! Price is $448 round trip from Minneapolis to: Munich – Glasgow – Frankfurt – London – Paris – Madrid – Milan – Stockholm and more destinations. Travel dates are Nov. 1 to Dec. 16, or Dec. 24 to March 31. Paulson Travel Service – Brainerd.

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40 years ago (1982)

Despite a plea for a lighter sentence by his attorney, Jack Graham, Judge William Kalar sentenced former Water and Light superintendent Elmer Lalli to 18 months at Stillwater State Prison and a $3,000 fine. Kalar cited the fact that the crimes occurred regularly over a period of time.

60 years ago (1962)

(Photo) Dick Bagnell, Iowa, had a half-hour fight before landing this 36-pound muskie at Leech Lake recently. He was fishing off Pelican Island with a silver minnow bait on just six-pound test line. It's on display here at Ev Lassig's Log Cabin and will be mounted for further showings.

80 years ago (1942)

On duty at the Fairfax naval aviation base, Ensign Joe Marchel, 27, of Brainerd, was set to land when he found part of his landing gear would not not lower. He radioed the tower and received orders to attempt a crash landing. He did so, sliding across the field with minimal damage to his plane and no injury to himself.

100 years ago (1922)

Brainerd, in the vicinity of Main and 10th Streets, across from the NP shops, took on the aspect of the Battle of the Marne for a few moments last night. Mayor Little, wanting to see the situation near the strike zone firsthand, had walked there. After a half hour in the dark, he turned to walk back and six shots rang out from railroad guards. There were no injuries.

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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 1922.

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