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This Was Brainerd - Oct. 15

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

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A boy sits atop a beautiful horse on an early street in Brainerd.
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OCTOBER 15

20 years ago (2002)

The school board has agreed to close open enrollment in grades seven and nine on the recommendation of Asst. Supt. Gary Phillips. This is the first time the district has ever closed open enrollment. The 594 students in Grade 7 and 593 in Grade 9 calculate to 30 students for every teacher.

30 years ago (1992)

Brainerd police figure that when a complete magic show disappears, it's time to look for the magician. When 75 ticket holders showed up for a magic show at Tornstrom Auditorium, they found it dark and locked. Tickets were sold as a supposed benefit for VIP-Kinship, but the charity had no knowledge of the show. Police are investigating.

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40 years ago (1982)

Little Falls defeated the Warrior volleyball team yesterday by scores of 18-2, 18-4 in a conference matchup. Brainerd had problems with their serving game, failing to convert opportunities to score. The loss was the fourth in a row against conference foes, and powerful St. Cloud Tech comes to town tomorrow.

60 years ago (1962)

The county commissioners have named Chief Deputy Chuck Warnberg as county sheriff, to serve until whoever is elected on Nov. 6 takes office on January 7. Meanwhile, Carl Erickson, county attorney, says that it will require 500 eligible voters to sign a petition to place a name on the Nov. 6 ballot. Persons are reminded they may sign only one such petition.

80 years ago (1942)

(Photo) Tired and happy that she had accomplished delivery of a truckload of scrap metal to the weighing station during the Oct. 13 salvage campaign, Betty Spencer of the Brainerd Dispatch staff posed beside her truck. Betty was the only female truck driver in the group, driving a vehicle donated by the Standard Lumber Co.

100 years ago (1922)

County auditor C.W.Mahlum reports a land office business this season in small game licenses, with 1,850 already issued. Yesterday marked the opening of the partridge season which lasts six weeks. About 300 additional licenses were taken out for this type of hunter, and a number of hunters brought in a limit yesterday.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.

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