This Was Brainerd - Jan. 25
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)
Almost any winter night you'll find him at the Gregory Park ice rink, teaching children how to skate. He's Mike Padgett, 53, and his dream is to skate in the Special Olympics. He's being honored with a party at the rink tomorrow, organized by parents whose children he has taught. Mike figures he's shown 300-400 kids how to skate.
30 years ago (1992)
(Photo) Brainerd center Margit Rinke (left) joined Shelly Breen as the only Warrior girls' basketball players to score 1,000 career points. Breen hit the mark on Jan. 9. Rinke did so Jan. 23 as Brainerd thrashed St. Cloud Apollo 87-35. She needed six points to reach her goal and scored 17. Heather Anderson added 16 and Sarah Northway 12.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) Noon Lunch Specials! Monday: Hot Beef Sandwich - $2.95; Tuesday: BBQ Pork Chop - $2.95; Wednesday: Chimichanga or Chicken Chow Mein - $2.95; Thursday: French Dip - $2.95; Friday: 21 Shrimp Basket - $2.95. Soup and Sandwich every day - $2.25. Chaz's Bar and Restaurant – S. 6th Street.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Biggest walleye to show up in a Brainerd fishing contest in a long time is this 12-6 lunker caught at Gull Lake at 11:30 a.m. yesterday by Mrs. Lee Schumacher. She and her husband operate Sandy Point Lodge at Gull Lake and say this is the biggest they've seen. She caught 10-8 and 10-4 walleyes two years ago at Gull.
80 years ago (1942)
The Warrior basketball team, showing they have learned to drive on the basket and to shoot free throws, came through for a 32-22 win over St. Cloud Tech. Captain Gene Brandt, back in action, scored eight points and Garvey had 10. Brainerd made 12 of 17 free throws and also held Tech to four points in the second half.
100 years ago (1922)
A destitute man and wife, “beating” their way north from Minneapolis, somehow survived 40 below weather riding in a box car to Brainerd. They ran to the round house to warm up, where a railroad worker offered them a room for the night and others chipped in $21 for them. Tomorrow they go to International Falls, but now as passengers.