This Was Brainerd - Jan. 13
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)
The Central Lakes College boys' basketball team completed a weekend sweep, ending with a 93-74 blowout of Rainy River. Travis Janich and Jay Mrozek led the Raiders with 17 points each. In their conference opener against Hibbing, Reid Kuschel scored 17 and Joel Clough 13 in the CLC 83-63 victory.
30 years ago (1992)
(Photo) When Bob Hurst retires from his Nisswa School principal's office in June, chances are he'll cruise away on his trusty Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. He's feeling great, but says it's time for a change after 28 years at Nisswa. When he leaves, gone also will be his desk full of toys which children can play with when they visit him.
40 years ago (1982)
A regular decision by Bruce Olson at 185 pounds and a pin by heavyweight Jeff Simmonds helped the Warrior wrestlers polish off Aitkin 36-21. Brainerd only led by six points after Aitkin's Bob Cummings shocked Craig Bergren at 169 pounds with a 1-0 victory. It was Bergren's first loss in 11 matches.
60 years ago (1962)
It was a night for the whistle blowers as referees called 52 fouls, 28 on St. Cloud Tech and 24 on Brainerd, as the Warriors prevailed for a 73-63 conference win. Bob Rofidal with 20 and Bill Laumann with 16 led Brainerd. But it was poor free throw shooting that made it tough for Brainerd. They missed 21 of 36 chances at the line.
80 years ago (1942)
Sgt. Herbert Strobel, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Strobel, is the first of Brainerd's national guardsmen to be killed in gallant defense of his country in the Philippines. A telegram to the parents told of his death on Dec. 26. Strobel was commander of a tank in Co. A, 194th Tank Battalion.
100 years ago (1922)
The new animal hospital conducted by Drs. Nelson and McGinn near the new courthouse is bringing back to health eight patients treated there. They include a valuable Angora cat and some pedigreed Airedales. The other day “Gyp,” the fire hall mascot, was injured and the firemen brought him there straight away.