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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 24, 2021

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.

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AUGUST 24

20 years ago (2001)

Farrah Slad of Brainerd won a $79 million lump sum in the Powerball drawing two years ago and says it's the best and worst thing that's happened to her. Slad, 24, bought a house on Gull Lake and a new car, but says she is besieged by people requesting money. She gives to close friends and family, but only when there is a real need.

30 years ago (1991)

Laurel Street was eerily quiet yesterday afternoon as some 200 people marched a block from city hall to the courthouse for a rally against domestic violence. The silent crowd somberly bore 27 red, wooden silhouettes, representing Minn. women murdered last year by their husbands, partners, boyfriends or acquaintances.

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40 years ago (1981)

They say everyone has a twin somewhere, but for Tad Waddell, an electrician at Potlatch paper mill here, his is on a cigarette billboard. The advertising shows a rugged man lighting up a Winston, and the likeness is so remarkable even Waddell's daughter isn't sure it's not her dad. Meanwhile he's having fun being a minor celebrity.

60 years ago (1961)

The Nisswa village council has voted to revoke all licenses and permits of the Spotlite Dance Hall after hearing statements from both village and Spotlite police about law violations. Village policeman Perry Gordon said, “Every rule the council made has been broken. Liquor is being let in, kids under 16 are getting in and house police are told to ignore it.”

80 years ago (1941)

Hunting season is soon to open but some hunters may not have their dogs to help them. Ray Madison was walking his spaniel last night when it ran ahead and was coaxed into a waiting car, which then sped away. This morning police found the dog's collar, but have meager clues to work with.

100 years ago (1921)

Little Ruby Temple, age 8, lost for 36 hours near Sylvan, has been found exhausted but safe. The railroad shops here were closed at 9 a.m. so the men could aid in the search. A line of 1,000 men started south from the family house and another line came north from Ft. Ripley. She was found asleep near a log at 11 a.m.

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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 look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
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 look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.