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This Was Brainerd - Oct. 6

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

With a fenced park area in the foreground, the three story brick Ransford hotel dominates the corner across the street.
The Ransford Hotel on South Sixth Street in Brainerd was built in 1904 for about $100,000 and constructed by Ransford R. Wise, who was also part of the group behind the construction of the Iron Exchange building in Brainerd. Constructed from red bricks near the start of the 20th century, it was condemned in 1972 and finally demolished three years later.<br/>
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OCTOBER 6

20 years ago (2002)

By day, Ike Isackson is a second-year student at CLC. At night he waits tables at Timberjack Steakhouse in Pequot Lakes. But the 21-year-old has dreams of being the next “American Idol.” He plans to travel to Detroit for the Oct. 21 open auditions for season two of the hit show. Kelly Clarkson, 20, was the winner of season one.

30 years ago (1992)

The owners of Pussy Willows nightclub asked the county attorney, sheriff and public to stop by and see before drawing conclusions about the topless dancing there. Sheriff Dick Ross wants an ordinance to shut down the dancing, but county attorney Jack Graham said the dancing is not against state law. Further restriction could bring a constitutional challenge.

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40 years ago (1982)

A Brainerd resident made allegations to the county board that asst. county attorney Bob Kautz has done personal business – like attending auctions – on county time. He cited two occasions in the summer of 1981. Kautz, who is running for county judge, said he normally works 50 hours a week for the county, but it's not a 9-to-5 job. He called it “pure politics.”

60 years ago (1962)

Held scoreless in the first quarter, the Warriors made their hard-socking brand of football pay off thereafter in a 40-6 conference rout of Little Falls. Bob Dwyer and Jerry Lyscio each scored a pair of TDs, and the Brainerd defense stopped the Flyers until the very end, with Jim Borg and Chuck Johnson each covering a fumble.

80 years ago (1942)

An ordinance providing for a curfew is being written by the city council. It would likely restrict young people under age 16 from being on the streets after 10:15 p.m., unless involved in a school function. If such a curfew is passed, Supt. John Vanni of the NP Railroad shops said the shop whistle would sound curfew each night.

100 years ago (1922)

Dense fog and thick, acrid smoke from forest fires burning along the NP rail line between Brainerd and Duluth were the cause of a head-on collision near Kimberly. Passenger train No. 60 out of Brainerd shot around a curve and hit a freight train. The engines toppled over each other and four trainmen were injured, but no passengers were hurt.

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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 1922.

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If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.
A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.