This Was Brainerd - Jan. 23

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.

Boys and girls sit at their desks in a classroom.
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

If Gov. Jesse Ventura has his way, Brainerd could lose more than $500,000 in state aid this year. Ventura's proposed solution to the state budget deficit includes reducing aids to local governments. Brainerd is fighting back with a resolution opposing the cuts that will be sent to area legislators and the House and Senate.

30 years ago (1992)

Once they decided to discuss it, it didn't take members of the Baxter city council long to divide the city into two polling precincts. The county auditor had said Baxter was by far the largest precinct in the county and urged it to divide. The decision was to make a clean split into north and south precincts along Hwy 210.


40 years ago (1982)

Emily's police chief Alvin Jensen has been fired โ€“ again โ€“ in an ongoing battle with the city council. They fired him last July but he was reinstated by court order in October, due to the council not following veteran's preference guidelines. This time they fired him for insubordination. Jensen said he will fight this โ€œpolitical vendetta.โ€

60 years ago (1962)

Plans for a half million dollar ski area near Gull Lake will be revealed to a Brainerd Chamber members meeting by Erv Anderson, owner of Bar Harbor night club. The area would be near the Forestry Dept. fire tower on the west side of Gull Lake, and would include a lodge, motel, and ski runs for all levels of skiers.

80 years ago (1942)

Brainerdites gave a receptive ear to the appeal of the Red Cross fund raisers. The county quota was $3,080 and the amount raised thus far is $4,000, with the Northwest Paper Mill and a few scattered businesses yet to report. The NP Railway shops led the drive with more than $1,000, or just over a dollar per man.

100 years ago (1922)

W.E. Lively, who has conducted the Lively Garage since he erected the building, has sold his business to Henry Mills, Stewart Mills, Ralph Hodgson and Mal Clark, all progressive young Brainerd men. The business will continue under the name of Lively Auto Co. and under the management of Stewart Mills.

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