This Was Brainerd - Oct. 29, 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)
A 17-year-old, who was a patient at a Brainerd group home, has been returned to the Brainerd state hospital. While at the group home, he stole a van and led officers on a high speed chase to Motley, where he crashed. City officials were outraged to learn he has returned here, as Brainerd police have had numerous encounters with the youth.
30 years ago (1991)
The Warrior volleyball team finished the most successful season in program history with a 6-15, 15-10, 15-8, 15-8 conference win at Willmar. Brainerd finishes 12-2 in the conference and 18-4 overall. Brainerd, which should get the top seed in the playoffs, was led by DeAnne Balster with 19 kills.
40 years ago (1981)
A local citizens group fighting the use of controversial herbicide 2,4,5-T won a critical point when state officials said that MnDOT broke the law when it sprayed the chemical on brush at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport. Containers used in the spraying did not specify that the chemical could be used at airports.
60 years ago (1961)
Dale Brown played Paul Bunyan in leading the Warriors to a 25-19 win over Bemidji. He gained 89 yards in his first two carries, and an incredible 169 yards in the first quarter, had TD runs of 80 and 70 yards, gained another 99 yards and another TD in the second quarter. He played decoy in the second half, gaining 32 yards (for a total of 300) while others got the call.
80 years ago (1941)
Unusual enthusiasm greeted the announcement that friends or relatives could make a phonograph recording to be sent to our boys in the service. Equipment will be set up at the Brainerd Armory on Nov. 3 and 4. The six-inch discs will host a one-minute recording on each side. Cost is 55 cents. Those going to the Philippines will be sent postage free.
100 years ago (1921)
A.G. Lagerquist, well known merchant tailor of the Waiverman Block, has retired and sold his business to Philip Watson. His retirement marks 60 years of labor here, both as a tailor and at the railroad. He learned his trade in Europe and came to Brainerd in 1876. He tells many interesting tales of the pioneer days here.