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This Was Brainerd - June 27

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 large tree at Crow Wing State Park.
This stately elm over-looking the Mississippi River is known as the Witness Tree, though the origin of its name is something of a mystery. But the formal dedication of Crow Wing State Park will take place under its branches July 8. Gov. Elmer L. Andersen will be the featured speaker.
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JUNE 27

20 years ago (2002)

BIR president Bill Singleterry's first visit to the Brainerd race track was almost his last. He left Brainerd's airport the night of Aug. 14, 2000, in a twin-engine plane. A half-hour later, over northern Michigan, both engines blew out in a storm. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash. Singleterry and another man were injured, but survived.

30 years ago (1992)

Once upon a time a young lady wanted a graduation ring more than anything. She saved until she had the $7.50 – it was 1934. Two months later she died. The ring went to her sister, who wore it at her own graduation. She married in 1937 and lost the ring the next year. It stayed lost for 54 years until a classmate found and returned it – and Blanche Loftis was overjoyed.

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A police officer with his K-9 partner.
“Brutus,” the newest member of the Brainerd Police Dept., doesn't wear a badge and wouldn't know what to do with a gun. But the German shepherd is an awesome crime fighter. Handler Tom Wachsmuth says he's an expert tracker, helps search buildings and is excellent at sniffing out narcotics.

40 years ago (1982)

(Photo) “Brutus,” the newest member of the Brainerd Police Dept., doesn't wear a badge and wouldn't know what to do with a gun. But the German shepherd is an awesome crime fighter. Handler Tom Wachsmuth says he's an expert tracker, helps search buildings and is excellent at sniffing out narcotics.

60 years ago (1962)

(Photo) This stately elm over-looking the Mississippi River is known as the Witness Tree, though the origin of its name is something of a mystery. But the formal dedication of Crow Wing State Park will take place under its branches July 8. Gov. Elmer L. Andersen will be the featured speaker.

80 years ago (1942)

A Cass County boy, age 13, who was being held in connection with fires that burned down two farm homes, two barns, a granary and a chicken coop, has made a complete confession to Sheriff J. Elmer Johnson. Both farms are located about 1.5 miles west of Bar Harbor. The boy said he “felt an urge to start fires.”

100 years ago (1922)

Mayor Frank Little is doing all possible to safeguard life and property during the 50th Anniversary week-long celebration. Special police, detectives and plainclothes men will be in town in large numbers. And not just in the business district; they will be scattered through residential areas as well.

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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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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.