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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 31

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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Women out in front of Murphy's Dry Goods Store on Front Street in Brainerd, circa 1901. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
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AUGUST 31

20 years ago (2002)

State officials have confirmed Minnesota's first case of chronic wasting disease. The always fatal brain disease was found in an elk on a farm owned by Clayton Lueck south of Aitkin. The five-year-old male tested positive after mysteriously dying Aug. 15. It was brought up from Stearns County. Lueck is voluntarily quarantining his 48-elk herd.

30 years ago (1992)

Thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic volunteers, a little light will be shed on Gregory Park tennis courts this fall. Brainerd Parks and Rec workers installed the Gregory lights last week as part of a project that will also light the park's skating rink, the baseball field at Memorial Park and the four tennis courts at Brainerd High School. Total cost is $82,000.

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40 years ago (1982)

Fluoride won't be put back into Brainerd's water until the city gets a written ruling from the State Board of Health that fluoridation is required. The city's supply of fluoride ran out in June, and a new supply of 500 pounds – enough for 60 days – was received this month.

60 years ago (1962)

(Adv.) At the Gull Drive-In Theatre see Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Fred Astaire starring in “The Notorious Landlady.” At the Paramount Theatre it's Rock Hudson and Burl Ives in “The Spiral Road.” And at the Brainerd Theatre see Richard Beymer, Diane Baker and Eli Wallach in Hemingway's “Adventures of a Young Man.”

80 years ago (1942)

Four persons were given medical treatment and three are still hospitalized at St. Joseph's hospital suffering from food poisoning due to eating meat, said the attending physician. The meat was eaten at a party, the doctor said, and it was ham.

100 years ago (1922)

The baggage room at the train depot this morning looked like a small menagerie. A black bear cub had the center of attention, followed closely by a white Scotch collie pup and a deer head with a nice set of antlers. The bear cub was being sent to the fish and game department exhibit at the State Fair.

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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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