This Was Brainerd - June 9

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 person walks inside the Potlatch paper mills
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

Investigators have identified the probable cause of the wildfire south of Brainerd last week as being fireworks. They traced the origins to a spot on the Mississippi where fireworks were used, probably at a graduation party. The fire scorched 720 acres and burned eight structures, including two homes.

30 years ago (1992)

Area law enforcement officers, organized by Brainerd Police Sgt. Bruce Burke, will take part in the 1992 Torch Run for Special Olympics. The run will begin in Two Harbors. Area officers will relay the torch from Aitkin to Brainerd on June 15 in time for a lunch reception at the Sawmill Inn at 12:30.


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40 years ago (1982)

Attempts to hire an executive assistant for the county board was temporarily suppressed yesterday by objections from commissioner Mary Koep. “I see nothing that convinces me that we need that position,” said Koep. “My concern is to cut dollars – this is adding them,” she said.

60 years ago (1962)

A final round of 74 put Brainerd JC's Chuck Chalberg out of contention and into a tie for eighth place in the National JC Golf Tournament in Illinois. The four-man Brainerd team did not place in team competition, but Pete Brandt received an award as “Most Congenial Clown.”

80 years ago (1942)

A Minneapolis couple was arrested here twice in one day on the same charge. They were picked up Saturday afternoon in Pequot Lakes for fighting and swearing in public. They were put in the county jail and released on bail. Less than an hour after being released, they were arrested for fighting and swearing at the bus depot on S. 6th Street.

100 years ago (1922)

The privately installed St. Colombo Telepone Co. line to Gull Lake has been converted to a Northwestern Bell line. It will carry five metallic circuits reaching all points on the lake. It uses six hundred new poles and cross-arms at a cost of $6,000. Drs. Thabes, Beise and Nicholson will have an independent line to their cottages.


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