This Was Brainerd - Aug. 4

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

The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.


20 years ago (2002)

It turns out that Paul Bunyan's arm wasn't vandalized at the Brainerd Chamber building. Two older teens from the Twin Cities were posing for a photo with the statue when the arm accidentally broke off. They immediately drove to the police station and waited an hour to report the accident. Rick Skogen and Connie Christiansen lead a repair effort.

30 years ago (1992)

One of the county's dead issues came back to life yesterday. A state building code administrator urged the county board to reconsider enactment of a building code. The last time the board did so โ€“ in March of 1980 โ€“ the people erupted and turned it down by a vote of 2,914 to 206, a huge margin of 14-to-1.


40 years ago (1982)

(Adv.) Located in Your Vacationland โ€“ Nisswa! U.S. Choice Beef Sale: Porterhouse Steak โ€“ lb. $3.59; T-Bone Steak โ€“ lb. $3.49; Sirloin Steak โ€“ lb. $3.19; Boneless Round Steak โ€“ lb. $2.19; Boneless Sirloin Tip Steak โ€“ lb. $2.49; Lean Ground Beef โ€“ lb. $1.59. Schaefer's Model Market โ€“ Nisswa.

60 years ago (1962)

The annual ice cream social for Brainerd's Crazy Days was switched from the 1st Federal S&L parking lot due to rain. And the huge crowd at the Brainerd Armory swelled to 4,000 as the featured entertainment was Si Zentner and his 18-piece big band, now playing at Breezy Point Resort.

80 years ago (1942)

Third Ward alderman C.O. Halverson resigned from the city council July 20, but for the time being efforts to replace him have been unsuccessful. Two weeks ago the names of three candidates were put forward, but each received the votes of three aldermen. After five ballots last night the leader had five votes; six are required for election.

100 years ago (1922)

A nervy robbery was staged at the dental office of Dr. McGinn in the Iron Exchange Bldg. The other night a thief climbed through the transom and took the doctor's supply of gold, including gold fillings, gold dust and a completed bridge. McGinn alerted other dentists. One of them, Dr. Carlson, found he had been robbed, and also by climbing through the transom.


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