This Was Brainerd - Feb. 14
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.
20 years ago (2002)
Call them the cardiac kids. The Central Lakes College boys' basketball team squandered a 21-point halftime lead, 42-21, with Northland surging back to trail just 46-42 before the Raiders got it together. Jay Mrozek had 14 points, Garth McFadden 16, Travis Janich 12 and Reid Kuschel 11.
30 years ago (1992)
The Warrior boys' hockey team claimed its second straight conference title with an 8-3 victory over Alexandria. Brainerd finished 9-1 in the CLC and is 15-4-2 overall with one game to play. Six different players scored for Brainerd, including Jerr Johnson, who increased his season goal record to 32 with a goal in the third period.
40 years ago (1982)
For most people, spending seven days on top of a mountain would require some fairly strong motivation, but for Deerwood's Terry Savaloja, all it took was a bird. He was looking for an elusive condor. Having spotted 701 different bird species, he's the top “birder” in Minnesota, and among the top 20 in the nation.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Dale Brown, 6-1 Warrior center, goes high for two of his 21 points in Brainerd's 94-75 win over Wadena. It was Brainerd's 14th straight win. Brainerd's halftime score of 58 points (58-30) is the highest ever recorded in a first half. All of Brainerd's starting five reached double figures.
80 years ago (1942)
Wally Engbretson established himself as the man of the hour in City League play as he dropped 31 points into the basket while leading The Faculty to a 48-38 win over Meyer's Cleaners. The points came on 14 field goals and three charity tosses. Ward Trask led the losers with 10 fielders and three free throws for 23 points.
100 years ago (1922)
Police entered the shack at 1217 Laurel St. this morning and found moonshine present. One man took a hammer and smashed several jugs to destroy evidence and some of the moon splashed all over the two officers. They arrested four men, and when they were booked, the reek of moonshine went through the jail.