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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 2

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 Paul Bunyan statue.
The 6-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan that stood next to his trusty companion Babe the Blue Ox for 70 years in Brainerd, was vandalized outside the Brainerd Chamber building under the water tower. The statue lost its right arm that had waved to passersby. Volunteers will attempt a reconstruction.
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AUGUST 2

20 years ago (2002)

(Photo) The 6-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan that stood next to his trusty companion Babe the Blue Ox for 70 years in Brainerd, was vandalized outside the Brainerd Chamber building under the water tower. The statue lost its right arm that had waved to passersby. Volunteers will attempt a reconstruction.

30 years ago (1992)

Tom Zenanko of Brooklyn Center was first and Gary Roach of Merrifield finished second in the In-Fisherman Pro-Am at Lake Oahe in S. Dakota. Zenanko caught a total weight of 66.26 pounds and first prize money of $20,000, while Roach caught 65.82 pounds for $12,000.

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40 years ago (1982)

(Adv.) We have a variety of accounts for you! Try our Super IRA with an 18-month term and a yield of 12.760% interest. Or, try our Best-of-Everything Account that requires a minimum deposit of $500 but earns 14.00% interest over 30 months. First Federal Savings and Loan – Brainerd.

60 years ago (1962)

The city council last night awarded contracts to two low bidders for bonds totaling $250,000. The $180,000 contract for general improvements will pay interest at 2.775 percent. The $70,000 bond for the old post office lot will pay interest at 3.344 percent. Both are for 10 years.

80 years ago (1942)

The city went through the month of July without a single fire alarm or dollar of loss due to fire, according to Fire Chief Frank Fuller. Fuller noted that there were also no fire alarms in the month of July for the years 1925 and 1937, as well.

100 years ago (1922)

After unavoidable delay, the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church by unanimous vote ordered that the present church building be torn down and a new church be erected at once. The current building was the first church in Brainerd. The new church will cost $28,000. Only the basement will be constructed now due to the lateness of the season.

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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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