This Was Brainerd - Jan. 31

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

Many ice skaters dot a large outdoor rink in Brainerd.
Many ice skaters dot a large outdoor rink in Brainerd.<br/>
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

More than a month ago J.P. Platisha set a school hockey record that no one realized until now. In a 4-3 Warrior win over Chaska, he scored a goal and an assist to become the leading scorer in Brainerd boys' hockey history. The two points gave Platisha 145 points, one more than Sandy Smith, a 1986 graduate.

30 years ago (1992)

Kyle Smith and Chris Halverson combined for 41 points to lead the Warrior boys' basketball team to its eighth straight win, a 68-56 victory at Alexandria. Smith scored 21 points and Halverson netted a season-high 20 points for Brainerd which is tied for the conference lead and is ranked 8th in Class AA.


40 years ago (1982)

The Minn. Supreme Court has placed county judge Darrell Sears on permanent probation after the judge admitted heavy drinking affected his work on the bench and that he sexually harassed some female attorneys and county employees. The court said Sears, 56, “must totally abstain from use of alcohol and complete a treatment program.

60 years ago (1962)

High freight rates to eastern markets, declining mining on the Cuyuna Range and availability of high manganese foreign ore on the east coast is resulting in the closure of the manganese plant at Riverton. The plant, built in 1953 and currently employing 41 people, will move in March.

80 years ago (1942)

He's doing his part. A.P. Nordstrom, Brainerd, is purchasing all defense bonds he can and cheering on his five sons, all of whom enlisted. Albert, 36, is with the Marines in Seattle; Clarence, 35, in the Coast Guard; Ernest, 21, and Orville, 26, are training in the Army; Roy, 23, is with Co. A in the Philippines; Clifford, 28, is at an aircraft factory and will enlist soon.

100 years ago (1922)

The New Park Theatre was crowded last night for the first run of the Century Comedy Co. film in which “Shorty” Anderson appears. His mother, Mrs. Erick Anderson, and friends and family from Southeast Brainerd were at the show to see him. The film runs again this evening.

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