This Was Brainerd - May 23

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

60 years ago (1959) (Photo) Robert Dobson, 15, is interested in how long he can keep a kite aloft. He launched a kite at 3 p.m. yesterday near the court house and it's still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The weatherman says it will remain windy today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

MAY 23

20 years ago (2002)

Rural Minnesota got whacked by the vetoes Gov. Jesse Ventura issued yesterday, said State Sen. Don Samuelson, of Brainerd. The cuts were vindictive and will harm the environment, he said. He especially pointed to the money earmarked for the Mille Lacs Lake wastewater project that area officials have worked on for 16 years.

30 years ago (1992)

Tom Ryan, 62, a principal in Brainerd's oldest law firm, died yesterday in Little Falls. “He was a bulldog in the courtroom,” said one of his partners, “he always looked out for his client first.” His grandfather, Michael, started the firm in 1903 and his father, Don, joined in 1925. Tom joined in 1964.


40 years ago (1982)

Tim Veith socked two home runs and had six RBIs in the Warriors 9-0 win at C-I. The left-handed hitting Veith parked a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth as Brainerd improved its record to 10-3 on the season. Scott Rosenberger pitched the win, with Dave Ace in relief.

60 years ago (1962)

Two Michigan couples in a Bonanza 4-passenger plane escaped injury today when they became lost in a flight from Ashland, Wisc. to Bemidji and were forced to land in a cow pasture near Trout Lake. Enroute to attend a funeral in Minot, ND, they were forced down by low clouds and damaged the prop upon landing.

80 years ago (1942)

Coach Ben Taylor is taking five boys to the state track meet tomorrow, all of them second place finishers at the region meet. They are: the 880 relay team of Mike Slaby, Tom Miller, Tom Enright and Jim Gardner; Mike Slaby in the 100-yard dash; and Pat Keith in the mile run.

100 years ago (1922)

This afternoon, a section man said to be Ludwig Larson, age 40, was accidentally struck by switch Engine No. 1030 while Larson was raking up cinders and cleaning up the railroad yard. He sustained a severe head injury. He was taken on a rail car to the depot and then by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital.


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