This Was Brainerd - June 13

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

Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

A Crosby man, age 28, is the motorcyclist who was killed in a chase trying to escape from police. He drove north on 6th St. at 80 mph when police tried to stop him. He fled around and through Gregory Park at high speed, then turned west on Washington St. before he ran into a police car in Baxter. He had had his license suspended several times.

30 years ago (1992)

Baxter Police arrested a Fort Ripley man, age 33, for attempted assault with a deadly weapon. He bought a 12-gauge shotgun and shells at the Kmart in the Westgate Mall, loaded it and walked down the mall to Midwest Vision. He said he was looking for โ€œthe blond-haired lady.โ€ After searching the store and not finding her, he left. He was arrested a short time later.


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40 years ago (1982)

What started as a need turned into a hobby for Robert Litzau, who builds furniture from aluminum cans. โ€œI needed a dog house, so since I had plenty of cans I thought I'd just use them,โ€ said Litzau. So far he's built picture frames, a stool and even a desk from cans, the latter needing 816 Coca-Cola cans.

60 years ago (1962)

Fred Larson tossed a four-hitter, striking out 10, and Bill Laumann, Bob Rofidal and Bob Dwyer provided the bat power as Brainerd's American Legion team overpowered Pine River 15-1. Laumann had three RBIs with a double and a prodigious triple that would have been out of Brainerd's ball park.

80 years ago (1942)

Camp Ripley will become a training facility for military police, according to an announcement from 6th District congressman Harold Knutson. The War Dept. said the program will start in August and will begin with one battalion of men, though Knutson said, โ€œthe number will be considerably increased.โ€

100 years ago (1922)

A bottle found floating in the Mississippi River carried a weather-scarred note saying that the writer would marry the girl that found the bottle. Since it was found by a group of young boys, there won't be a wedding.


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