This Was Brainerd - May 6

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



20 years ago (2002)

Brainerd will participate in funding a new airport runway, but city officials hope to change a system causing city residents pay more for the airport. The city council vote 6-1 to issue $2.5 million in bonds with the county for a new runway. The council majority says the bonding must go forward while a solution for the funding disparity is researched.

30 years ago (1992)

Gov. Arne Carlson flew into the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport at 2 p.m. yesterday, and at 2:30 p.m. he was speaking to dedication ceremonies of the Trus Joist MacMillan wood products plant near Deerwood. โ€œThere is a lot wrong with Minnesota,โ€ Carlson said, โ€œbut this is one of the things that is right.โ€


40 years ago (1982)

The sum of $750,000 may seem like a lot of money, but it's not that high a price to save a life. That's why St. Joseph's Hospital bought a CAT Scanner that will be in operation next week. It is especially valuable in car accidents where there are head injuries, and the scan can detect injuries within the skull.

60 years ago (1962)

It may be the youngest baseball battery in the Great Central League, but Brainerd High School junior Jerry Lyscio on the mound and senior Bob Rofidal as catcher gave the Braves an opening day 3-2 win over Little Falls. Lyscio was tagged for 10 hits but struck out nine, and Rofidal drilled a two-run single in the fifth.

80 years ago (1942)

Miss Hortense McKay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McKay of Oak Lawn Twp. is believed to be one of the 68 nurses on the island of Corregidor, which fell to the Japanese after a 27-day battle. She left Brainerd at Christmas in 1940 for the Philippines and is known to have been on Bataan as recently as February 5.

100 years ago (1922)

John Ley, who has been compiling Brainerd directories for the past 21 years, started work on his 12th volume to date, effective May 22. His force is taking 10 weeks to canvass the town and he is very thorough in getting the name of everyone over 18 years, plus spelling it correctly. Be sure to cooperate when called upon.


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