This Was Brainerd - Jan. 12
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)
For the second game in a row, the Warrior boys' basketball team had a chance to win but watched it slip away with each missed free throw. Brainerd shot just 10-of-22 at the line in a 48-43 loss to Little Falls. “We shot 4-of-12 in free throws in the second half and missed four layups, and we lost by five points,” said coach Matt Urbanek.
30 years ago (1992)
Jacob Jensen, wrestling at 125 pounds, won an individual title at the Columbia Heights Invitational, beating Mike Gallagher 2-1 to bring his season record to 15-0. Finishing third were Matt Ostrowski at 112, Kirk Hayes at 140 and David Hess at 189. Brainerd finished fifth in team competition.
40 years ago (1982)
Two Iowa youngsters, ages 15 and 17, were arrested for smashing 17 Dispatch delivery tubes and 18 mailboxes. They paid $250 in restitution, of which the Dispatch received $112.50. The Dispatch in turn donated its money to the Brainerd Chamber for their Crime Stoppers Program in the hope that other businesses would make donations.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Nine-pound walleyes have been scarce during the summer season, but they've been showing up regularly of late at the Swanns' Sport Shop contest. The larger one at 9-11 was caught at Whitefish Lake by Mrs. Cecil Carlson of Pine River. The other, weighing 9-1, was caught at Nokay Lake by George Frisch of Brainerd.
80 years ago (1942)
Two manganese plants are to be built on the Cuyuna Range to help produce 500,000 tons of concentrate needed by the federal government, said Carl Zapffe after returning from a scientific meeting in NY City. Mines to feed the plants will be at Manganese or Trommald. Processing will require 275 men working in three shifts.
100 years ago (1922)
Death lurks at the Oak Street railroad crossing in spite of signal alarms and other precautions. Ansel Sandberg, 26, was driving his Maxwell car east and didn't hear the northbound freight until he was already on the crossing. Th train struck the rear wheels and flipped the car in a somersault, landing on Sandberg. He died later.