This Was Brainerd - Nov. 4, 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.
20 years ago (2001)
Whenever the CLC Raiders volleyball team plays Rainy River, coach Jane Peterson should request the game be played at International Falls. In four meetings this season, CLC's only win was on the Rainy River home court. The defending national champ Raiders won the Region 13 B title – 30-19, 30-24, 31-29, and move to the national tournament.
30 years ago (1991)
The section championship football game had bad omens. First it was delayed by the Halloween snow storm. Then a team bus broke down and 25 players had to walk the last mile to the Metrodome. Then star runner Chris Veith was injured on the first play. But the Warriors never gave up, losing just 14-13 to a strong Cambridge team.
40 years ago (1981)
A spending bill passed yesterday by the U.S. Senate may help to save commercial air service for Brainerd and four other Minn. cities. The bill must still survive a House-Senate conference committee, said Sen. Dave Durenberger. The bill provides subsidy funds to airlines serving cities that board 80 or fewer passenger a day.
60 years ago (1961)
(Adv.) Sunday Dinner - $1.00 ! Your choice of Roast Turkey, Roast Beef or Baked Ham. Complete with soup, salad, potatoes, rolls and coffee, tea, or milk. Children's portions are just 60 cents. “Try us out – you're in for a treat.” The Oyster House – Merrifield.
80 years ago (1941)
There must be rest rooms in every business place in Brainerd that sells beer, liquor or lunches – that was the emphatic edict from the city council last night. The city's sanitary police will check regularly on installation and maintenance of the rest rooms. Licenses can be revoked for those that don't conform.
100 years ago (1921)
A coroner's jury had ruled that Henry Drapeau's death was accidental when he stepped in front of a car. Then the court ruled that Drapeau's safe at the Palace Hotel should be opened in the presence of witnesses. Henry Rosko of Rosko Bros. was employed to do so, and among the contents was Drapeau's last will and testament.