This Was Brainerd - Nov. 29, 2021

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.

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20 years ago (2001)

Disagreements over transportation issues and an appointment to the airport commission has city council member Bob Olson asking for the resignation of council president Lucy Nesheim. In a letter to Nesheim, Olson cites petty politics and political issues in her decision making. Nesheim replied that โ€œit saddens me to have you frequently impugning my motives.โ€

30 years ago (1991)

Brainerd school district teachers and and administrators reached settlements Nov. 27 for salary increases totaling 6.7 percent over the next two years. Other provisions for teachers include an increase in dental insurance and eliminating a cap on accumulation of sick leave.


40 years ago (1981)

Col. Duane Kunde, Brainerd, recently received the Minn. Distinguished Service Medal from Adjutant General James Sieben. Col. Kunde was honored for his 38 years of service in the National Guard. Kunde served on extended active duty during both WWII and the Korean War.

60 years ago (1961)

(Adv.) Bountiful Values in our Steak Sale! Round Steak โ€“ lb. 79 cents; Valu Selected Sirloin Steak โ€“ lb. 89 cents; Valu Selected T-Bone Steak โ€“ lb. 99 cents; North State Frozen TV Dinners โ€“ 11 oz. pkg. 39 cents; Super Valu Coffee โ€“ 2 lb. can 99 cents. Brainerd Super Valu โ€“ Tyrol Hills Shopping Center.

80 years ago (1941)

As a tow-headed grade school lad, Emery Larson watched his attorney-father give gridiron lessons to the Brainerd high school team back in 1905. Tomorrow, that same Emery Larson โ€“ now Maj. โ€œSwedeโ€ Larson โ€“ bows out as coach of the U.S. Naval Academy at the annual Army-Navy football game before 98,000 fans in Philadelphia.

100 years ago (1921)

O. H. Gram has bought the little lunch counter stand on S. Broadway (8th) that stood just north of the O'Brien Mercantile Store. Today they removed it with sleds to 109 1st Ave. NE where it will be place at the rear of Gram's pool hall and will be used as a restaurant run by Leafson and Dykman.



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