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This Was Brainerd - March 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.

Baseball team members in vintage uniforms of their day pose for a photo.
A Brainerd baseball team poses for a photo.
Dispatch archives

MARCH 17

20 years ago (2002)

For almost 40 years, John Pecarich has roamed the sidelines of area basketball courts as a coach, shouting encouragement, drawing up strategies and teaching players life's little lessons. After five seasons as an assistant coach for the CLC Raiders, he's putting away his whistle and clipboard and retiring.

30 years ago (1992)

Prosecution and defense attorneys made their pitches yesterday before the MN Court of Appeals as to whether the confession of arson suspect Richard Needham should be suppressed. He is accused of setting fire to a downtown Brainerd building, but his confession to police was disallowed by Judge Bob Kautz.

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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 1923.

40 years ago (1982)

The controversy over election of the Pelican Township clerk isn't over yet. When the canvassing board tossed three absentee ballots, turning a 52-49 victory for incumbent Bob Curtis into a 49-49 tie, the board tossed a coin and Curtis won. Not so fast, said opponent Florence Wick. She is charging him with a variety of campaign improprieties.

60 years ago (1962)

The C-I basketball team, which upset powerful Brainerd in the District 24 title game, started cold in their opening round test in Region 6 play. But they came roaring back in the final quarter to beat Alexandria, led by Bill Kimbler's 17 points, Jack Fearing's 16 and Arlo Knoll's 15.

80 years ago (1942)

Two miners who were trapped in a flooded shaft at the Merritt Mine near Trommald have been rescued and are not injured. A blast accidentally opened a nearby abandoned property that had flooded. Water rushed in and miners scrambled to safety. When two were discovered missing, the others worked two hours to free them.

100 years ago (1922)

Art Magnan, a Brainerd carpenter, could be in line for a large oil fortune in Montana. Magnan owns a 160-acre homestead very close to where a 3,000 barrel-per-day oil well gusher was struck last week. The area has been named the Sweet Grass Arch field.

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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 1923.