This Was Brainerd - May 10
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.
20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) From the late 1930s to April 1944, three large Nazi banners hung in Nuremberg Stadium, site of rallies and speeches by Adolph Hitler. For 57 years, one of them has been in Clinton Skoog's home in Long Lake Twp. An Army buddy dared him to cut it down, and he did – under German rifle fire.
30 years ago (1992)
(Adv.) Between Round and Gull Lakes – Look for our Red Canopy! Specials every day. Saturday: Beacon Street Chicken Tenders - $5.95; Thursday: New England Style BBQ Ribs - $7.95; Monday: New England Seafood Pasta Salad with fruit and muffin - $5.25. Bay Colony Inn – now with a full service bar.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Approximately 25 seaplanes and 95 pilots participated in a Minn. Seaplane Pilots Safety Seminar held over the weekend at Cragun's Pine Beach Lodge on Gull Lake. This photo of seaplanes parked outside Cragun's was taken from a seaplane piloted by Burt Ackerman.
60 years ago (1962)
Cliff Wilson's first night on the job as a Baxter police officer was exciting, and authorities hope it has stopped a rash of break-ins. Wilson and two highway patrol officers noticed a night light out at Harold's Club. Investigating, they found a broken door and two men inside. They were also responsible for a lumber company break-in earlier that night.
80 years ago (1942)
Marking up 86 points, the highest total ever scored in District 24 track meets, Brainerd won over 12 other teams in a meet at New York Mills. Sebeka was runnerup with 31 points. Brainerd placed in every event and took six firsts. Richard Christiansen of Staples set a new record of 15.6 in the high hurdles.
100 years ago (1922)
A building boom has set in at “Birchdale,” summer resort of George West on North Long Lake. Fifteen new cottages are being erected by Brainerd folks and others. West himself is building five new cottages and clearing land for the tourist season. A large land company is acquiring lake sites on N. Long and other area lakes.