This Was Brainerd - May 27

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

The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.

MAY 27

20 years ago (2002)

The county board agreed to advertise for bids for the Hwy 371 Rest Area and Welcome Center in Fort Ripley Twp. The county has a non-binding agreement with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, the DNR, State Patrol and MnDOT for the center which will be built in the median between the north and southbound lanes of Hwy 371, six miles south of Brainerd-Baxter.

30 years ago (1992)

The tourist season is welcome in this area, but an accidental tourist in northeast Brainerd wasn't. A yearling black bear wandered into a yard on 6th Ave. about 8:30 a.m. and climbed a tree. He then went to 5th Ave. and E Street, then climbed a tree on B Street. The bear was tranquilized and moved 75 miles away. He seemed happy as he ran into the woods.


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40 years ago (1982)

Clarence Nelson was one of the first residents to move into the new Woodland Acres Health Care and Retirement Center on Buffalo Hills Lane in Brainerd. The facility provides supervised housing for the elderly and has 60 apartment units and an 80-bed nursing home.

60 years ago (1962)

Golfers from Wadena and Morris were co-medalists in the Region Six golf tournament with 73s. Among the seven golfers advancing to the state tournament is James (Skeeto) Peterson with a 79. Freshman Mike Lund, of Brainerd missed the cut, shooting an 83 in his first region tournament

80 years ago (1942)

The 40 mph speed limit on Minnesota highways is here. Gov. Harold Stassen signed an executive order mandating the directive to go into effect on May 29. The proclamation comes at the behest of Pres. Roosevelt to save tires and gasoline for the war efforts. Police and fire vehicles are exempted.

100 years ago (1922)

Harry Molgren, chair of the American Legion Poppy Day committee, said final arrangements were made with the Legion Auxiliary for the Poppy Day sale. Volunteer Brainerd girls expect to sell 3,000 poppies on the streets of Brainerd Monday to honor the gallant men who fought and died in the Great War.


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