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This Was Brainerd - May 15

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.

Six young boys pose for a photo in two rows wearing white shirts, dark pants, bowties and wearing badges on their shirts and their brimmed hats.
Children pose for a photo wearing badges on their shirts and hats.
Dispatch archives
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MAY 15

20 years ago (2002)

More than 200 people jammed the city council chambers and adjacent hallways to listen and give input as the council discussed possible amendments to the adult use ordinance. Changes were considered after two groups inquired in March about opening adult-oriented businesses. They did not give proposed locations.

30 years ago (1992)

Every man has a story and a few will be retold as a group of former POWs holds its convention at Breezy Point Resort. Earl Miller was a top turret gunner in a B-17 shot down over Germany; Clarence Meinhardt was the only survivor in a B-25 shot down over North Africa; Orlo Natvig of Nisswa had his B-17 shot down over Germany in 1943.

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40 years ago (1982)

A solo home run over the right-field fence by Bruce Bialka in the sixth inning proved the winner in a 2-1 victory over Willmar for the Warrior baseball team. It broke up a splendid pitcher's duel between Tim Martin and Willmar's Mark Olson. It was Brainerd's 21st consecutive conference win dating back to 1979.

60 years ago (1962)

The Brainerd Chamber will appear before the city council and ask them to place a bid of up to $50,000 for the old post office site to be used as a metered parking lot. Price would include the old building, which would have to be removed. The site would provide parking for 60 cars.

80 years ago (1942)

Gen. George C. Marshall, U.S. Army chief of staff, notified Gov. Harold Stassen that he was “forced to conclude” that the officers and men of a tank company from Brainerd were prisoners of war in the Philippines. He said Co. A of the 194th Tank Battalion “fought with distinction throughout the Philippine campaign.”

100 years ago (1922)

The driver for the Brainerd Bottling Co. dropped a tank of liquid carbonic gas off his truck at 6th and Front Streets and the nozzle broke off. The gas escaped with a roar and it sounded like a half dozen Fords blowing up all their tires at once. No one was hurt and there was no property damage.

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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.

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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.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.