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This Was Brainerd - May 20

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 a man handing a woman a check.
Don Adamson, president of the Brainerd Lions Club, presents a $1,500 check to Mrs. Carl Maxe, chairman of the Camp Fire Girls Council. The money will be used by the council to build a fifth sleeping cabin at Camp Vanasek on Whipple Lake. There will also be enough money to purchase another canoe.
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MAY 20

20 years ago (2002)

Arguments as to whether Potlatch Corp.'s sales agreement with Saapi violated state law were heard in a county courtroom this morning. Attorney general Mike Hatch sued the two companies, saying that the agreement was anti-competitive and asking that the non-compete clause be restrained.

30 years ago (1992)

Twins have a special bond, but Dr. Clark Zard, Brainerd dentist, had no inkling his identical twin brother, Mark, was in trouble yesterday. Also a dentist, Mark was kidnapped by a distraught patient who made him drive to his main office, before releasing him. The man then had a three-hour standoff with police before committing suicide.

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40 years ago (1982)

Ethel Hess will be 105-years-old on May 23, and that's quite a milestone for a woman who came from Maine to Minnesota in a covered wagon as a child. As a youngster she used to help her father break horses. A widow for 30 years, and with both children deceased, Ethel lives with her daughter-in-law, Esther Hess.

60 years ago (1962)

(Photo) Don Adamson, president of the Brainerd Lions Club, presents a $1,500 check to Mrs. Carl Maxe, chairman of the Camp Fire Girls Council. The money will be used by the council to build a fifth sleeping cabin at Camp Vanasek on Whipple Lake. There will also be enough money to purchase another canoe.

80 years ago (1942)

As part of a national effort to raise money for the USO, members of the Young Business Women's Club, dressed in formals, passed collection boxes through movie theater audiences for three days. They raised $221 for the organization that provides entertainment and recreation for our service men and women.

100 years ago (1922)

Late yesterday, before Judge Stanton at a special grand jury in district court, Ernest Brandt , 22, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the killing of his wife's father and grandmother. He was immediately sentenced to life imprisonment and will be taken to Stillwater Prison tomorrow by Sheriff Claus Theorin.

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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 1922.

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