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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 22

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

With a fenced park area in the foreground, the three story brick Ransford hotel dominates the corner across the street.
The Ransford Hotel on South Sixth Street in Brainerd was built in 1904 for about $100,000 and constructed by Ransford R. Wise, who was also part of the group behind the construction of the Iron Exchange building in Brainerd. Constructed from red bricks near the start of the 20th century, it was condemned in 1972 and finally demolished three years later.<br/>
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AUGUST 22

20 years ago (2002)

The first ever Lakes Bluegrass Festival comes at the right time for Ski Gull, a non-profit ski facility that is facing a budget shortfall. Ski Gull will host the three-day festival, featuring one national and eight regional bands, at its lakefront grounds on CR 77. Proceeds after expenses hope to make up part of the $70,000 budget shortfall.

30 years ago (1992)

Brainerd native Todd Revenig earned his 31st save of the season in the Class AA Huntsville Stars 7-2 win over Memphis. He ranks second behind Jerry Spradlin, whose recent 32nd save set a new Southern League record. Revenig owns a 1.80 ERA, has given up 31 hits in 60 innings and has opponents batting just .150 against him.

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40 years ago (1982)

Brisk winds and two-to-three-foot waves slowed Gail Avenson, 27, but didn't stop her from swimming 21 miles across Mille Lacs Lake on Saturday, the equivalent of swimming across the English Channel. She started at midnight in Isle and finished at 5 p.m. at Garrison. The event was held in conjunction with Garrison's Walleye Festival.

60 years ago (1962)

The new ski hill area near Gull Lake will hold a grand opening on Thanksgiving Day. Work on the hill had been halted for a complete survey, but that has been completed and work contracts have been let and work resumed. The hill was originally named Mt. Ski Gull, but has now been changed to Ski Gull Mountain.

80 years ago (1942)

Ben Taylor, coach of Brainerd's high school football team, and phy ed instructor at Washington High School since 1930, has been called to active duty as a captain in the Ordinance Corps. Taylor notified the school board of his activation today. He is not yet sure when he will leave for duty.

100 years ago (1922)

(Adv.) “That's more like it!” Polo Cigarettes – fifteen better cigarettes for just 10 cents. Every cigarette full size and full weight. Turkish, Virginia and Burley tobacco – the Better Blend. Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.

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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.
A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.