This Was Brainerd - Jan. 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)
Three arrests were made in a meth drug trafficking ring operating near Washington Middle School. Lakes area drug officers executed a search warrant at 5 a.m. and arrested a man, 28, and a woman, 24. They told officers they distributed 3-to-5 pounds of meth a week. The man has a lengthy criminal history, said Police Chief John Bolduc.
30 years ago (1992)
Former county attorney, veteran and longtime community leader Carl Erickson has died at age 80. “He was the epitome of what a county attorney should be,” said Judge Clinton Wyant. He was elected county attorney in 1954. He served in the Pacific in WWII, in the Minn. National Guard and in the Korean War.
40 years ago (1982)
Dave Nord, high scoring player on the Brainerd Community College basketball team ranks third in the nation through seven games with a 30.7 scoring average. Only Mike Murray from Kaskaskia JC in Illinois with 32.7, and John Williams of Inver Hills, Minn. with 32.3, rank ahead of Nord.
60 years ago (1962)
The Dispatch learned today that Nisswa's school board is seeking consolidation with Pequot Lakes. If approved by both boards and the state of Minn., an election would be held by residents of the Nisswa district. The move could cost the Brainerd district $101,000 from loss of tuition paid by Nisswa students attending junior and senior high here.
80 years ago (1942)
A 16-point surge in the final quarter, nine of them on free throws, brought the Warriors to a 35-27 victory at Aitkin after three quarters of see-saw action. Roy Cottam led Brainerd with 15 points. Brainerd co-captain Gene Brandt suffered an injury to his left leg and ankle which has him on crutches and out of the next game.
100 years ago (1922)
A long series of thefts in the Deerwood area over several months, and which amounted to several thousand dollars, prompted the village council to call in a private detective. A truck, from which the engine had been stolen, revealed a fingerprint on the windshield. It matched up with Guy Cunningham, 25, who has now begun his five-year sentence at Stillwater.