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This Was Brainerd - Feb. 18

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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Children dressed warmly hold hands and ice skate on a sunny winter day in Brainerd.<br/>
Dispatch archives

FEBRUARY 18

20 years ago (2002)

Dynasty? The Warrior gymnastics team captured its fourth straight Section 8AA title and is going to state. As in the conference meet, Brainerd had to battle a formidable St. Cloud Tech team, scoring 146.274 to Tech's 144.775. Brainerd's Kathleen Lorenz and Katie Perpich will each compete at state in three individual events.

30 years ago (1992)

County officials confirm that complaints were raised last week that a man once again had been in the women's restroom on the first floor. Two women made the complaint. Board chair Cheryl Gelbmann said the issue would be investigated. Other officials said it's a personnel issue and they could not discuss it with the press.

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40 years ago (1982)

Troy and Tim Brown had a good day of northern fishing at Gull Lake – in fact, a very good day. They fished with sucker minnows to land these four northerns, weighing 17, 15, 13 and 12.5 pounds. They weighed them in at Kenny's Oil in Merrifield.

60 years ago (1962)

Poise under pressure, and fine relief work by Terry Peterson spelling foul-plagued teammates, paid off with a 70-57 Warrior win over St. Cloud Tech in a hectic encounter. Bill Laumann's 22 points was high score for the night, followed by Dale Brown with 18. It assured Brainerd of a tie for the District 24 title and an outright Central 6 title.

80 years ago (1942)

The employment of an additional 42 men in the car and locomotive shops of the NP Railroad was announced today by Supt. John Vanni. He said that there is still a shortage of blacksmiths and more are being sought. Approximately 826 men are currently employed at the shops.

100 years ago (1922)

John Smith, the Chippewa Indian who died the other day at Cass Lake, was not 137-years-old as he claimed, but merely 88, said the federal enrollment commissioner in Minneapolis. He cited government records as proof. Smith was not a chief, nor the son of a chief. He was born in 1833, said the commissioner, who interviewed Smith several times.

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