This Was Brainerd - May 9

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

Boys and girls sit at their desks in a classroom.
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

Potlatch Corp. told employees yesterday that the Brainerd mill will officially close next Monday, May 13. Most of the mill's 616 employees will finish employment that day, though the mill will still make paper until close of business. A small crew will continue to ship finished inventory and stay on to shut down the mill.

30 years ago (1992)

Trevor Wood, a freshman from Brainerd, has been named MVP of the Milwaukee School of Engineering hockey team. The “Minnesota Connection” line of Wood, Eren Vargas and Tim Dawson accounted for half of MSOE's goals and assists. MSOE was 12-10-2 overall on the season.


40 years ago (1982)

Residents of Pine Hill Estates see a 12-bed group home as an intrusion on their quiet neighborhood. Lutheran Social Services sees it as a badly-needed option for the mentally retarded rather than state hospitals. The fact the area is zoned R2 (multi-family) means the home will be built, despite unanimous opposition from residents.

60 years ago (1962)

Fine team balance, with all five golfers ranging from 42 to 44, paced Warrior golfers to their second straight league triumph, this time on the Little Falls course. District 24 scoring now shows Brainerd with a 46.5 total, Little Falls 41.5, Wadena 28.5 and three more with lower scores.

80 years ago (1942)

Registration for sugar ration books during the official four-day period showed 17,224 issued at Ration Board 18-1 in Brainerd, and 10,550 at Board 18-2 in Crosby for a county total of 27, 774. Any person not in possession of an official ration book will not be able to purchase sugar.

100 years ago (1922)

Believed crazed by moonshine whiskey, and claiming his wife's family were keeping his wife from him, Ernest Brandt, 22, of Barrows, shot and killed his wife's father and grandmother and wounded his wife's grandfather. He also tried to kill Charles LaFavor but was captured by LaFavor and confessed to Sheriff Claus Theorin via telephone.


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