This Was Brainerd - May 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.

Historic photo of Brainerd and a downtown fire.
Dispatch archives

MAY 17

20 years ago (2002)

The Central Lakes College softball team won two games yesterday to take home their first state title since 1985. The Raiders beat Riverland 12-2 in the winners bracket, then finished with a 12-1 victory over Itasca. Tara Storts, Melissa Gustafson, Fawn Kearney and Stacey Rousselange were named All-State.

30 years ago (1992)

Minnetonka and Roseville tied for the title while the Warrior girls were sixth in the Class AAA True Team state track meet. Brainerd had no winners. Placing second were Turena Johnson in the 3,200 meters, Jenny Johnson in the 110 high hurdles and Jennifer Imsande in the 300 low hurdles.


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40 years ago (1982)

Kathy Borgwarth, former Warrior track star, took the Big 10 championship in the heptathlon with a conference record 5,318 points, as Wisconsin finished third to Michigan State and Michigan. She also took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, a race she feels she could have won had she not been in so many events.

60 years ago (1962)

The Warriors won their third out of five conference games in a 6-2 win over C-I as Mike Engelhart and Dale Brown combined for a five-hitter. Brainerd iced the game in the seventh on a walk followed by back-to-back triples by Bob Dwyer and Bob Rofidal, and Dale Brown unloading his second double of the game.

80 years ago (1942)

Theft of a leather jacket and blanket from Louis Bourassa was cleared with a confession and fines for two men. Clarence Dahl was fined $30.05 with $25 suspended on condition he leave Brainerd immediately and never return. His partner, Ken Ridgeway, was fined $9 for drunkenness.

100 years ago (1922)

Work was started today on the new Brainerd State Bank building to be erected on the southwest corner of 7th and Laurel Streets. It was originally planned for last spring but delayed for a year, with occupancy now hoped for prior to winter. The bank began only 14 years ago under the name of Security State Bank.


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