This Was Brainerd - Oct. 1

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

The state hospital campus on Highway 18.


20 years ago (2002)

Mille Lacs Lake is “reasonably close” to its original condition, said Dick Osgood, a lake management consultant, who recently completed a survey of its water quality. Phosphorous and chlorophyl have decreased and the lake “is at optimum levels for walleye reproduction,” he said.

30 years ago (1992)

The Warrior girls' swim team out numbered and outscored Little Falls yesterday as they won 11 of 12 events enroute to a 132-53 victory. Brainerd's Renee Linn and Jenny Kuepers each won two events as Brainerd moved to 3-1 in the conference and 6-1 overall on the season.


40 years ago (1982)

The Rural Fire Assn. last night voted to accept Brainerd's latest fire protection pact offer, which could mean the end of negotiations that began last April. The major agreement change is to base the association's contribution on cost of living rather than assessed valuation. The contract runs through 1984.

60 years ago (1962)

Three teenage boys from Crosby – wet, cold and scared, but unharmed – were rescued early yesterday morning after becoming lost while partridge hunting in the Cuyuna hills area near Crosby. Becoming lost two miles from the nearest road, they started a fire which a forest ranger spotted from a fire tower and sent in a rescue crew.

80 years ago (1942)

Led by Brainerd's total of $95,491 the total sale of War Bonds in Crow Wing County came to $135,516 for the month of September. This far outstripped the county quota of $79,700. Over 50 percent of the sales came through the campaign at the two movie theaters.

100 years ago (1922)

The Brainerd Gas and Electric Co. is now purging air out of the mains and filling them with gas, then maintaining pressure in those areas. They have 150 customers with applications for meters, which are being installed. All apparatus and lines have been fully tested and gas service will soon be widespread.


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