This Was Brainerd - Nov. 9, 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)
The events of Sept. 11 changed travel plans for the Brainerd High School choir. School officials and parents decided that going to Italy would be too dangerous, and after a survey they chose Norway instead. There are 64 students committed to the trip, which is 85 percent of the choir. Some students are staying home because they don't want to fly.
30 years ago (1991)
Warrior junior Turena Johnson finished fifth in individual competition at the State Class AA cross country meet in a career-best time of 11 minutes, 20.1 seconds. The Brainerd girls' team finished 11th, with Jaime Mueller 32nd, Jayna Mathieu 60th, Jenna Hanson 82nd, Michelle Kraklau 89th, Melissa McCarthy 90th and Charity Vosler 109th.
40 years ago (1981)
After a state board meeting tomorrow, Brainerd Community College officials may know whether to plan for tuition increases, enrollment limits or summer school. Colleges were told the governor may cut budgets 8 to 12 percent, causing Pres. Curt Murton to draw up a list of “what-if” scenarios to deal with the cuts.
60 years ago (1961)
Another step was made by the Zontelli Bros. mining firm of Ironton in their program of sending iron ore to Germany for experiments in direct reduction. About 135 tons of ore from the Cuyuna and Mesabi ranges are being packed in steel barrels and shipped by boat from Milwaukee. Jack Zontelli will go to Germany next year to observe testing.
80 years ago (1941)
Prospective cagers turned out en masse last night as 65 boys who want to play for the Warriors showed up. They are led by seven lettermen, being: Babe Anderson, Gene Brandt, Jim Gardner, John Garvey, Roy Cottam, Tom Enright and Wes Wolhart. Don Adamson is the Brainerd coach.
100 years ago (1921)
At 10:20 a.m. this morning the fire department was called to the home of James Casey, 1023 Oak Street, where his barn was on fire. Livestock was driven out to safety, but a quantity of tools, hay, etc. was burned. The loss may run to more than $500. The origin is a mystery.