This Was Brainerd - May 19

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

A carnival ride sits on a main street in Brainerd with people gathered on a summer day.
A carnival ride sits on a main street in Brainerd with people gathered on July 27, 1908

MAY 19

20 years ago (2002)

About 40 Mississippi Horizons students were suspended May 16 after writing comments that were considered harassment of a student in a pass-around journal. Supt. Jerry Walseth believes this is the first case of a mass suspension, but says the schools have a zero tolerance policy. Most of those involved were male freshmen.

30 years ago (1992)

By a margin of 1,255 yes votes to 658 no votes, school district voters approved a $2.2 million referendum that will allow an addition to Garfield School and substantial renovation to Tornstrom Auditorium. Voters also returned school board incumbents Ruth Gmeinder for her second term and Jim Rabehl to his eighth.


40 years ago (1982)

School board incumbents Darlene Anderson and Fred Casey were overwhelmingly re-elected, beating newcomer Ross (Cowboy) Hardesty by a margin of better than 7 to 1. Only 6 percent of the 15,000 eligible voters turned out. In Garrison, where the board recently closed the school, Hardesty got 6 votes, Anderson 5 and Casey 2.

60 years ago (1962)

Little Falls' unbeaten status in conference baseball came to an end thanks to Brainerd's 1-0 victory, the Warriors scoring an unearned run and backed by a masterful no-hitter by ace Dale Brown. The game had to be called on account of darkness after six innings as Brainerd couldn't turn on the lights.

80 years ago (1942)

A city ordinance that requires loads of garbage to be covered when being hauled to the dump was ruled to be sufficient without amendment, and will now be enforced, said the city attorney. The council also discussed canceling state taxes on the airport since it has been forced to close due to wartime rules.

100 years ago (1922)

Fishermen of the Bethlehem Lutheran Men's Club caught walleyed pike at Mille Lacs Lake, which will furnish the foundation of the walleye supper at the church tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. In two evenings the fishermen caught 200 pounds of walleyed pike and assure us the bones have been carefully removed.


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