This Was Brainerd - July 29

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

The state hospital campus on Highway 18.


20 years ago (2002)

Upset over the possibility of losing trees to a sidewalk project, and of not being notified of options until three days ago, residents on N. 4th Street were invited to a city council meeting to voice their concerns. They did so, and the council listened, putting the project on hold until city staff meets with every property owner voicing concerns.

30 years ago (1992)

The championship claimed by T Juan's “A Team” in last weekend's Brainerd Slow-Pitch Softball Invitational was their sixth title of the summer. They have placed second three times. Leading hitters were Tony Mathison – eight homers and an .846 average, and Sterling Spicer – nine homers and a .680 average.


40 years ago (1982)

There were thefts at two Brainerd greenhouses yesterday. David Erickson, of Erickson's Greenhouse in Southeast, said thieves stole $350 worth of flowers and plants, entering through an open window. Johnston's Greenhouse in Northeast reported the theft of hanging baskets of flowers.

60 years ago (1962)

(Jim Wallace: Gopher Grapevine column) Bob Rofidal, Brainerd's three-sport standout, has just been awarded a full-ride baseball scholarship to the Univ. of Minnesota. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer Warrior. Bob is hitting .394 for the Legion team this summer and has been scouted by the Phillies, who also looked at Jerry Lyscio and Dale Brown.

80 years ago (1942)

The weekly band concert by the Brainerd Municipal Band will be held tonight on the school grounds at Riverside School in West Brainerd. It is the only concert to be held there this season. The Municipal Band is composed of members of the original city band, the regimental band and the high school band.

100 years ago (1922)

John Hoffbauer, who attended the Elks convention at Atlantic City, New Jersey, says he cannot believe the number of Brainerd people or people interested in Brainerd that he met during his travels. He only hopes he can reach all the people requesting to be remembered to someone else. He will write a number of travel sketches in the Dispatch.


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