This Was Brainerd - Jan. 24
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)
Even though the Amer. Federation of Teachers is critical of Minnesota's graduation standards, the Brainerd school district is pleased with its marks. Asst. Supt. Gary Phillips said every state in the union would like to do as well as Minnesota, and Brainerd builds its requirements from the state's.
30 years ago (1992)
(Photo) Kyle Smith goes up for two of his game-high 26 points as the eagerly anticipated game between Class A's No. 1-ranked Rocori and Class AA's 10th -ranked Warriors didn't disappoint 2,000 fans packing the Brainerd gym. Brainerd won 63-53 to deal Rocori its first conference loss and tie them with 5-1 marks.
40 years ago (1982)
In November 1980, when BN Railroad announced a merger, they promised “greater job security” and 200 new jobs. In reality, the clerk's dept. now has 48 employees, after 60 layoffs; the “store” has just 62, with 82 laid off. Overall, half the railroad shops employees are gone.
60 years ago (1962)
A county family is in awe today at the way neighbors have stepped up to help them. The Elwyn Hendricks family, with six children, have been donated complete sets of clothes and over $500 in cash after a fire leveled their home this month. A box car has been moved onto their farm and a volunteer crew is turning it into a temporary home.
80 years ago (1942)
Save this copy of the Dispatch when you're through reading it. There is no longer such a thing as waste paper. Save newspapers, magazines and other paper and turn them into money for the Red Cross. All old paper is being collected and sold, with proceeds going to the Red Cross war effort.
100 years ago (1922)
Sometimes the greatest differences in the state's temperature readings are just eight miles apart. Brainerd dropped to 31 below last night, but the Gull Lake dam had 39 below. By 8 a.m. today, Brainerd was 20 below zero but the dam was still in the arctic with 36 below. One local coal house was 50 orders behind with every team and truck in service.