This Was Brainerd - Jan. 28

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

Two children side together on a vintage wood sled with metal runners.
Two children side together on a vintage wood sled with metal runners.
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

Though less discussed than some other items on the city council agenda, councilman Jim Dehen raised the possibility of invoking a smoking ban in Brainerd restaurants and bars. “It's a public health issue,” said Dehen, a physician. No proposal was made, but Dehen said he would bring sample ordinances from other cities.

30 years ago (1992)

Doors on the county courthouse rest rooms will continue to swing open. Asst. county attorney Bob Polzak told the county board its order to install locks conflicts with the law requiring equal access to the handicapped. Personnel coordinator Sig Stier said he will confer with special counsel Tom Fitzpatrick as the issue must be addressed.


40 years ago (1982)

A Gull Lake site believed to be valued at $750,000 has been donated to the state, DNR sources announced. The 190-acre tract with 4,754 feet of frontage on Gull was donated by Mr. and Mrs. R.F. “Brownie” Cote as an addition to the Pillsbury State Forest. The Cotes have operated Grand View Lodge and camps for boys and girls for many years here.

60 years ago (1962)

Playing a second straight night without injured center Dale Brown, the Warriors caught Two Harbors missing two injured starters and all but blasted them off their own court, 87-44. Jerry Blanck 12, Bill Laumann 15, Bob Rofidal 15, Terry Peterson 13, Roger Twombly 10 and Charlie Cummins 12, showed what balanced scoring can do.

80 years ago (1942)

Notice that flashing red light hung over the intersection at 6th and Laurel Streets? It flashes in all four directions, 24 hours a day, indicating a four-way stop. The neon bulb will last five years. Similar lights will be placed at two more intersections soon in an effort to protect both drivers and pedestrians.

100 years ago (1922)

(Adv.) Buy a new style 1922 Ford Automobile for $50.00 down and $5.00 per week! The offer runs from Jan. 27 to March 1. We are offering this wonderful little car on this basis because we have three carloads on the way. Cars will be scarce in the spring rush. Woodhead Motor Co. - Brainerd.

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