This Was Brainerd - June 29, 2021
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.
20 years ago (2001)
The Brainerd VFW baseball team swept St. Cloud Tech at Mills Field, winning 5-0 and 8-7. Drew Boland pitched a five-hit shutout for the first win, with Tony Parrish and Jason Sather each going 2-for-3. In the second game, Brainerd came from behind to tie the game in the seventh, then scored in the eighth for the win.
30 years ago (1991)
Sandra Holm of Mission Twp. has been appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson to a four-year term on the MN Pollution Control Agency citizen's board. Holm has a master's degree from St. Cloud State and is technical coordinator for the Mississippi Headwaters River Watch program.
40 years ago (1981)
There were 700 applicants from around the state, 344 actually participated, and there was just one winner. Gay Gunsbury, daughter of Al and Jane Gunsbury of Gull Lake, was chosen 1981 Miss Teen Minnesota two nights ago in St. Cloud. She said the biggest challenge was getting all 344 contestants organized into one production number.
60 years ago (1961)
Little Falls beat Nisswa 14-7 to move to a big showdown with the Brainerd Braves on July 2. Meanwhile, Brainerd rode the pitching of Dale Brown to a 14-7 win over Isle. In the three-run sixth, Roger Adair singled, Gay Zelinske doubled, Bob Rofidal tripled and Bill Laumann smacked a single.
80 years ago (1941)
The always adventurous local traveler, Joe Marchel, is at it again. Following his trip to Europe until the outbreak of war, his trip to Mexico and a lecture tour, Joe has completed 30-days flight training in Minneapolis. He now heads to Jacksonville, FL for Navy flight training. He and his brother Leo, also in the Navy, were home on a short leave.
100 years ago (1921)
The Brainerd Tribune is joining the list of newspapers with a linotype, and is setting one up at its plant now. The Dispatch has a battery of two linotype machines, the Brainerd Journal Press has one and the Crosby Courier and Ironton News each have one.