This Was Brainerd - May 18

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

Women out in front of Murphy's Dry Goods Store on Front Street in Brainerd, circa 1901. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.

MAY 18

20 years ago (2002)

A small plastic device resembling a hand grenade was discovered in city council member Gary Scheeler's mailbox. He called police who said it was a non-lethal smoke bomb that covered the inside of the mailbox in soot. Scheeler said contentious annexation discussions prompted threatening letters and phone calls for two years.

30 years ago (1992)

Brainerd Community College lost half its women's tennis team to graduation and coach Kathy Bolstad wondered if BCC could compete with the top teams. Turns out the top teams couldn't compete with BCC, as Brainerd won their first-ever Region 13 title and then took the state title last weekend.


40 years ago (1982)

The discovery of a long-lost city building code – which was adopted in 1971 but never enforced - prompted charges of irresponsibility at last night's city council meeting. Tim Cotter, a legal aid attorney here since 1979, had inquired about a building code. “I was told there was no such animal,” he said.

60 years ago (1962)

(Adv.) It's the talk of the town! Delightful dining at Greer's Cafe and Dining Room in Pequot Lakes. Our Sunday Special: Roast Young Turkey, or Southern Fried Chicken, or Delicious Virginia Baked Ham – Your choice, $1.50. Sunday hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

80 years ago (1942)

Fishing was swell on Mille Lacs but even better on Gull Lake for the opener, as many caught a limit of eight walleyes. The four Besic brothers of Steamboat Bay took in 28 beauties from Gull Lake. Bill Demmers, “Rich” Bush and O. Herington left work at 5:30 p.m., yet were off Gull Lake before dark with a limit of 24 walleye.

100 years ago (1922)

(Adv.) The New Park Theatre- the Home of Special Features presents: Tonight Only at 8 p.m.! The Kilties Band, Canada's finest concert band, appearing in their full regimental uniforms. Back from a world tour of 6,000 concerts. Special feature – Bagpipe selections by Wee Jamie Clark. Admission: 25 cents and 75 cents.


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