This Was Brainerd - May 8

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)

Three major wildfires erupted in the region yesterday, prompting evacuation of about a dozen homes. DNR firefighters, assisted by area fire departments, air tankers and helicopter bucket ships, cut the fires off before any buildings were lost, but it was nip and tuck for awhile.

30 years ago (1992)

Celebrated marathoner Bill Rodgers says he doesn't mind controversy caused when it was learned he'd be paid several thousand dollars to run the Breezy Point 10K race tomorrow. Rodgers, 34, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, said fees are common practice and he has been doing promotion for the race and will conduct a runners clinic.


40 years ago (1982)

(Adv.) Attention Veteran Bowlers and Beginners! Clip this adv. and bring it to LaGuyal Lanes by Saturday night and get a “Bowlers Pass Book” - good for 40 games – for just $4.00. That's a $16.00 value. Plus, get a free gift of a bottle of brand name perfume with each pass book. LaGuyal Lanes – Baxter.

80 years ago (1942)

A Civil Aeronautics inspector from St. Paul told the city council that they have until May 13 to decide if they will keep the municipal airport open. That will require a 24-hour guard, lights and an alarm system. If the answer is no, then the seven planes stored there must have their engines and landing gear removed and locked in another building.

100 years ago (1922)

At 3 p.m., Chief Varner received a report of a child lost at the “Four Mile Corner” near the Gull Lake Dam. Inquiry at that site found no one missing there. The Crow Wing Dam could not be reached, but William Van Zany, residing on that road, said there were no reports of a lost child.

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