This Was Brainerd - May 3

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 state hospital campus on Highway 18.


20 years ago (2002)

Rebecca Yanisch, the state's commissioner of Trade and Economic Development says that language in Potlatch's sale of its printing division to Sappi Ltd. is making it difficult to sell the Brainerd mill. The mill specializes in making coated paper, yet that is precisely the paper that is prohibited to be made in any sale of the mill.

30 years ago (1992)

Randy Terrio has purchased Earl's Furniture in Nisswa, a family operation there for more than 30 years. The store was started by Earl and โ€œSisโ€ Svendsen in 1960, and was later taken over by son Bill and his wife Joan. A gift shop that was added in the north part of the building will be retained and known as โ€œJo and Bill's Gifts.โ€


40 years ago (1982)

(Photo) A deeply moved Walt Stark, second from right, holds a plaque presented to him at dedication of the Walt Stark Assembly Area in Pillsbury State Park. Officiating was Gov. Al Quie, at left, joined by Les Sellnow and Ray Sellnow. They were all on a trail ride marking the 20th anniversary of trail rides on the Pillsbury trails.

60 years ago (1962)

A rash of 10 grass fires kept firefighters hopping yesterday. Brainerd volunteers were called out five times yesterday, and the forestry department as many times. Brainerd fire department took the first call at 3:35 p.m. and covered the last call โ€“ at the dump โ€“ at 11 p.m. There's no relief in sight from the dry weather.

80 years ago (1942)

The civilian defense salvage committee collected six tons of paper in the city yesterday, according to Don Freeman, committee chair. One carload with 16 tons went out yesterday and another will go out next week. Collection of rags, rubber and scrap iron will begin next week.

100 years ago (1922)

The 30 new Americans who will be granted citizenship papers at this May term of district court will not go without a welcome from the people of Brainerd. There will be patriotic songs by high school students, an address by the judge and a reception at the court house sponsored by a host of civic organizations.


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