This Was Brainerd - July 1

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

Northern Pacific locomotives west of Brainerd 1870s. Photo by W.H. Illingworth


20 years ago (2002)

Four veteran Crow Wing County department heads were first-day filers for re-election today. Auditor Roy Luukkonen, Sheriff Dick Ross, County Treasurer Laureen Borden and County Recorder Kathy Ludenia all seek re-election. Borden and Ludenia both seek their fifth terms, Luukkonen seeks his fourth.

30 years ago (1992)

Three judges of the Minn. Court of Appeals will start a special session in Bemidji on July 8 with an appeal involving former Brainerd entertainer Steve Hall. Involved is a complicated double appeal arising from a dispute between Hall, the voice of TV puppet Shotgun Red, a Kansas City promoter and a Nashville maker of novelty items.


40 years ago (1982)

Darlene Palmer, women's athletic director at Brainerd Community College and a two-time women's city golf champion, had rounds of 43 and 45 for a gross score of 88 and a low net of 71 to win the Brainerd Ladies Golf Invitational. She beat Bernie Brown of St. Cloud by one stroke.

60 years ago (1962)

Lt. Gov. Karl Rolvaag last weekend spoke in dedication of Mt. Ski Gull, a new ski hill on the west shore of Gull Lake. Ground clearing for the hill and a proposed ski chalet have begun. The CAP amphibious duck, complete with a band and dancing girls, provided a speakers stand at the lake's edge. Pat Harris, Dallas, Texas, was crowned Miss Ski Gull.

80 years ago (1942)

With the blowing of the whistle at the NP Shops, and the ringing of church bells, the nation-wide sale of war bonds and war stamps by retail merchants started at noon today. The first stamps were sold to Mayor Frank Johnson by Mrs. Al Mraz, campaign chair. From noon til 12:15 no other business was conducted except bonds and stamps.

100 years ago (1922)

At exactly 10 a.m. today, NP Railroad shopmen – numbering about 1,250 men – laid down their tools and quit work. They formed in a body and marched down to the labor hall in the Iron Exchange building. They immediately held their first strike meeting and formed a publicity committee to keep the press informed of strike facts as the men see them.


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