This Was Brainerd - June 14

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

W.E. Lively, the hustling Maxwell auto dealer, has sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a Maxwell Mascotte Touring 1911 by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


20 years ago (2002)

An area coalition argued before the city planning commission yesterday that superstores such as Target, Wal-Mart and Costco devastate communities by driving smaller stores out of business. They defined a superstore as one larger than 200,000 square feet, and are pushing for an ordinance to limit stores to 100,000 square feet.

30 years ago (1992)

(Adv.) Our Grand Opening! Kemps Ice Cream – ½ gal. $1.15; Morrell Hot Dogs – 10 pack 89 cents; Your Choice: Small Leeches, Scoop Crappie Minnows or Scoop of Fathead Minnows – 66 cents; Oak Grove Orange Juice – ½ gal. $1.29. Baxter Triangle 1-Stop – Hwy 371 N.


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40 years ago (1982)

Brainerd High School junior Nina Borgwarth won the Class AA state track title in the 100-meter low hurdles in 14.40 seconds. Her sister, Kathy, won the title in 1978 in a state record 14.0 seconds. Nina also placed second in the 200 hurdles. The 1,600-meter boys' relay of Tim Link, Steve Karels, Jim Kramer and Mike Rudkin finished third.

60 years ago (1962)

Nine persons were injured in three car accidents yesterday and today, including seven in one crash when two cars met head-on in a crash at the junction of County Hwys 3 and 4 a mile north of Merrifield. Fortunately, only three remain in hospital for treatment.

80 years ago (1942)

Both Brainerd and the county began sending contributions to the nation rubber salvage campaign being run by the civilian defense council. Gas stations are collection points while two trucks haul the collected rubber. Some farmers brought in hundreds of pounds. Gas stations are allowed to pay one-cent per pound for the rubber.

100 years ago (1922)

The train up from St. Paul this afternoon had eight coaches. The two rear cars carried a large fishing party of M.B. Updike, publisher of the Omaha Bee, from Nebraska. There were 25 in the party making their annual trip to Walker, spending ten days fishing for walleyed pike on Leech Lake.


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