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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 5

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 photo of Paul Newman at Brainerd International Raceway.
Actor-racer Paul Newman apprehensively met the press at BIR today, his first press conference in many years. Newman appears at ease on the screen, but was nervous here. “This is the first year I've done any interviews,” he said. “I do it for the tracks. They need all the help they can get.”
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AUGUST 5

20 years ago (2002)

People may soon be flying into Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. The city council approved the name change upon recommendation of the airport commission as more clearly identifying the area. If the county board agrees, the name Brainerd-Crow Wing Regional Airport will be history.

30 years ago (1992)

In a case that had been contentious for decades, and the subject of a lawsuit for six years, Judge Bob Graff of Aitkin ruled that St. Colombo Road extends all the way to the water's edge of Gull Lake, and must be cleared of all obstructions. Owners of Gull Four Seasons Resort had contended it was theirs to use and was not public.

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40 years ago (1982)

Actor-racer Paul Newman apprehensively met the press at BIR today, his first press conference in many years. Newman appears at ease on the screen, but was nervous here. “This is the first year I've done any interviews,” he said. “I do it for the tracks. They need all the help they can get.”

60 years ago (1962)

Two men, one from Minneapolis and the other from Chicago, are hospitalized with second-degree burns after their boat exploded on Bay Lake yesterday when they tried to start it. The 19-foot inboard had run out of gas and they had it towed to the dock and filled with 30 gallons of gas. They were jump starting the boat when it exploded.

80 years ago (1942)

Fifty years in the clerk of court's office in Crow Wing County! That's the record of W.A.M. Johnstone, who has been either deputy clerk of court, or clerk of court since Aug. 4, 1892 when he was appointed assistant. Johnstone, now 82, was elected to the job in 1898 and has been re-elected 11 times since.

100 years ago (1922)

It is quite a coincidence that two Brainerd dental offices should have been robbed of their gold on the same night last week, with the thief in both cases climbing through the transom. Then, on the next night, two Aitkin dentists suffered the same loss in the same way. Could it be the same thief in all four robberies?

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