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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 14

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

An aerial view of a Paul Bunyan-themed corn maze.
The 14-acre corn maze at This Old Farm on County 18 east of Brainerd will open for the fall season on Aug. 17. For the second year the maze will be a fundraiser for Brainerd's adult Special Olympics Team. As the photo shows, the Paul Bunyan-themed maze should prove to be a real challenge.
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AUGUST 14

20 years ago (2002)

(Photo) The 14-acre corn maze at This Old Farm on County 18 east of Brainerd will open for the fall season on August 17. For the second year the maze will be a fund raiser for Brainerd's adult Special Olympics Team. As the photo shows, the Paul Bunyan-themed maze should prove to be a real challenge.

30 years ago (1992)

Gretchen Smith didn't have much time to celebrate winning the women's title at the Brainerd Country Club. Minutes after winning, Smith, 21, was back at work waiting on customers at the club. But she took time to buy runner-up Sandy O'Day a drink after the win, which is a tradition. Smith, who has the lowest handicap at the club, is a senior at Concordia.

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40 years ago (1982)

(Photo) They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Tell that to “Pepper,” a 10-year-old springer spaniel owned by the Duane Ralph family of Baxter. Three years ago, Duane taught her to go to the delivery tube each day when the Dispatch comes, reach up and grab the paper with her teeth and bring it to the house. The large Sunday paper takes two trips.

60 years ago (1962)

Prices for the hot lunch program were set and the bus contract was accepted at the Baxter school board meeting last night. Following a discussion of the hot lunch program it was decide that due to increasing costs the prices would be set at 20 cents per day for students and 30 cents for teachers.

80 years ago (1942)

A former Brainerd boy, Lt. Arvid Anderson, now living in Washington, was a co-pilot on a B-17 bomber that fought in the Battle of Midway. They flew out of Midway to bomb the Japanese and lost both port-side engines. They safely returned to Midway, worked day and night to repair the engines, and flew out just ten minutes before the Japs attacked the island.

100 years ago (1922)

After shots were fired Thursday night on railroad property, and witnessed by Mayor Frank Little, Police Chief Varner and Patrolman Abrahamson arrested two men employed as railroad guards for discharging guns within the city. They were arraigned in court yesterday, posted bail and will appear this afternoon.

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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.