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This Was Brainerd - June 17

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

Newspaper archive image of damaged truck
On June 17, 1982, the pickup shown here approached the junction of Hwys 210 and 371 when the brakes failed on the trailer it was towing. The truck – traveling southbound – took out two guard rail posts and several highway signs. Fortunately, there was only minor damage to the truck.
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JUNE 17

20 years ago (2002)

The Baxter city council passed an ordinance permitting fireworks sales, then minutes later denied a request to sell fireworks. A church wanted to put up a 30 x 50-foot tent in the Wal-Mart parking lot to sell fireworks as a fundraiser. The planning commission approved the request but the council denied it, even after Wal-Mart adjusted parking stalls to accommodate it.

30 years ago (1992)

Numerous mailboxes were destroyed by vandals overnight last Sunday according to the sheriff's office. Mailboxes were found smashed on stretches of Oak Street, S. 7th Street, Beech Street, Two Mile Road and Red Pine Road near the Brainerd state hospital.

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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.

40 years ago (1982)

(Photo) The pickup shown here approached the junction of Hwys 210 and 371 when the brakes failed on the trailer it was towing. The truck – traveling southbound – took out two guard rail posts and several highway signs. Fortunately, there was only minor damage to the truck.

60 years ago (1962)

A small delegation of N. 8th Street residents argued stubbornly but unsuccessfully at the city council meeting to try to save the boulevard in the center of the street from destruction. The city argued it would make the street safer – if less beautiful. Because of state aid funds, property owners will be assessed just one dollar per foot.

80 years ago (1942)

(Adv.) June is Dairy Month! Fresh Country Butter – lb. 38 cents; Eggs – doz. 27 cents; Sweet Girl Cheese – 2 lb. loaf 50 cents; Spare Ribs – lb. 19 cents; Our Own Sliced Bacon – lb. 68 cents; U.S.W. Top-grade Beef Roast – lb. 27 cents; Ring Bologna – lb. 19 cents. National Food Stores.

100 years ago (1922)

Voters have been strongly in favor of bonding for improvements to the sewer running through the ravine from Brainerd to Northeast Brainerd. The current wooden sewer has mostly rotted away, allowing a wind to blow the stench to nearby homes, creating a smell for nearby baseball players and fans, and causing health issues for city and state officials.

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