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This Was Brainerd - June 12

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

Historical photo of a farm damaged by a tornado.
Buildings on the T.H. Puetz farm, south of Brainerd, were destroyed or damaged during a “twister” that swept that area late yesterday. A barn and a hay shed were destroyed and the roof of the Puetz home was damaged. The garage and a blacksmith shop and pig house were all destroyed.
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JUNE 12

20 years ago (2002)

Responding to charges of racism by city police, the mayor, Brainerd High School, several merchants and others, the city council hosted a special meeting where a number of people discussed the issue. But the woman who made the racism charge refused to speak, said she had hired attorneys and stormed out, speaking loudly to reporters in the hallway.

30 years ago (1992)

Michael Hunt's first career home run was memorable. Hunt swatted a two-run homer over the left-center field fence to give the Brainerd Legion baseball team a 10-8 ninth-inning victory over Pierz in Brainerd's season opener. “I just wanted to put the ball in play,” said Hunt.

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40 years ago (1982)

Passing the century mark is a notable achievement for anyone, but for E.W. Hallett of Crosby it's just another mark in a life of accomplishment. His last year of school was at age 13, but he worked hard at trapping, opened a hardware store, and made millions in mining, construction and plastics. And he's given millions to charity.

60 years ago (1962)

War has been declared on Brainerd's mosquito population. Crews have begun spraying parks and low lying areas as heavy spring rains have brought out more of the bugs than in recent years. Since the city owns its own equipment, the fund of $1,000 will still allow the city to spray every week if needed.

80 years ago (1942)

(Photo) Buildings on the T.H. Puetz farm, south of Brainerd, were destroyed or damaged during a “twister” that swept that area late yesterday. A barn and a hay shed were destroyed and the roof of the Puetz home was damaged. The garage and a blacksmith shop and pig house were all destroyed.

100 years ago (1922)

It was a gala day for the grand re-opening of the F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10-Cent Store last Saturday. All is fresh, new paint and woodwork, and length of counters increased from 257 feet to 395. Manager J. W. Rand beamed all day as cash registers rang like chimes, and 35 sales girls tried to keep up with the crush of customers.

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

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