This Was Brainerd - Jan. 19
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)
(Photo) Mindy Finlay (left) works with Samantha Watson at wrestling practice recently. Finlay saw her first varsity action wrestling for the Warriors against Sartell. Watson has only wrestled junior varsity matches. The two, who are among the few female high school wrestlers in the state, say they want no special treatment, just to be part of the team.
30 years ago (1992)
If the Warrior boys' basketball team wants to do well they have to play formidably near the basket. Brainerd demonstrated that with a 74-56 win over highly regarded Park Center. Center Kyle Smith scored a personal best 34 points to lead the team. Brainerd's Tony Veith and Dave Jones officiated the first quarter for the regular officials, whose car broke down.
40 years ago (1982)
In an unusual move, county attorney Steve Rathke has dropped criminal charges against a Crosby man rather than obey a court order to reveal the identity of the informant who led to his arrest. Chief sheriff's investigator Frank Ball said he would “go to jail” rather than reveal a confidential source.
60 years ago (1962)
Only 29 families living in this area have fallout shelters, according to a Civil Defense survey said director R.L. Fitzsimmons. A total of 5,000 questionnaires were sent home with school children and 1,844 were returned. In the remarks section, 31 said they favored community shelters, while 15 didn't believe in any kind of protection.
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) Satisfaction Guaranteed or Double Your Money Back! Little Pig Pork Links – lb. 25 cents; Smoked Country Sausage – lb. 21 cents; Sirloin or Round Steak – lb. 39 cents; Fresh Ground Beef – lb. 21 cents; Lamb Chops – lb. 25 cents; Lamb Stew – lb. 13 cents. National Tea Co. Food Stores – Brainerd.
100 years ago (1922)
May 1 will see a restoration of the old electric light rate of 6-1/2 cents per kilowatt is the confident prediction of people versed in city affairs. When Secy. McKay of the water and light board was approached, he said he could not make it official just yet. There was no information as to when water rates would change.