This Was Brainerd - Nov. 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.

Women wearing dresses with large brimmed hats and two men in brimmed hats pause by a railroad depot with three children including one with a spotted dog.
People gather outside a railroad depot, perhaps Lake Hubert.
Brainerd archives


20 years ago (2002)

On ongoing investigation of a missing Brainerd woman states she was last seen leaving Tropical Nites Bar late on the evening of Oct. 30 walking with a young man. Erica Dalquist has not since made contact with her roommate or her family. Police have not ruled out the possibility of foul play.

30 years ago (1992)

The Brainerd football team started the season with just one returning starter, but by season's end the โ€œno nameโ€ Warriors were playing for the Section 7AA title. Brainerd's defense was outstanding, holding undefeated Cambridge โ€“ averaging 43 points per game โ€“ to just 18 points, but it was enough to send Brainerd to an 18-12 loss.


40 years ago (1982)

An Aitkin man, age 21, was arrested yesterday morning after a high-speed chase through Brainerd in a stolen vehicle. Officer Larry Helsene began his pursuit just east of the Mississippi River bridge, continued east to Hwy 25, then east on Hwy 18 to the state hospital. The man then locked himself in the car before being removed.

60 years ago (1962)

Auditor Einer Anderson said guards may be standing watch over the padlocked county ballot boxes in the courthouse, as a dramatic race for governor goes down to the wire. Unofficial results show Gov. Elmer Andersen with 620,344 votes and his challenger, Lt.Gov. Karl Rolvaag, with 619,735.

80 years ago (1942)

Erv Anderson, proprietor of Bar Harbor night club on Gull Lake, is recovering in a S. Dakota hospital from gunshot wounds. His hunting party was returning from shooting at geese in a field when his brother, Art, also of Gull Lake, accidentally discharged his shotgun, striking Erv in the leg and breaking both bones. He is expected to make a full recovery.

100 years ago (1922)

About 15 public school superintendents and as many coaches from schools in the Brainerd district met here Nov. 6 to go over the basketball situation and to arrange a schedule of games for the coming season. Brainerd has nine games scheduled now, with two open dates to be filled.


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