This Was Brainerd - Sept. 20

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

Historic photo of Brainerd and a downtown fire.
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

Deer being culled from the area around an Aitkin elk farm due to chronic wasting disease will not go to waste. Up to 10,000 pounds of venison from all deer that test negative will be distributed to food shelves through an agreement with Second Harvest. Cooperating landowners may also receive venison.

30 years ago (1992)

Butch Marquette, of St. Michael, won the 18th Annual Northern Pike Tournament at Ron's Squaw Point on Gull Lake, bringing in an 18-11 fish for the title. Larry Bellefeuille was second with a 15-7 northern. More than 225 anglers participated. The average fish weighed 9-8, and 74 of 76 northerns were released.


40 years ago (1982)

With Little Falls keying on Brainerd's ace running back Tim Veith, Warrior fullback Dale McCullough had a field day, running for 168 yards (all but three in the first half) and a pair of TDs as Brainerd beat the Flyers 24-0. Coach Ron Stolski praised his defense for the shutout.

60 years ago (1962)

(Adv.) Now showing at the Brainerd Theatre! See Haley Mills starring in the story about kids . . . but for everyone. “Whistle Down the Wind.” Also starring Bernard Lee and Alan Bates. A Richard Attenborough production. Don't miss the exciting first 10 minutes.

80 years ago (1942)

A crew of 35 additional men are employed at the NP Railroad shops here, according to Supt. John Vanni. This is due to additional repair work here as the entire railroad sees a rush of work. Two locomotives wrecked in a collision near St. Cloud are under reconstruction here.

100 years ago (1922)

NP Railroad Engine No. 1555 was taken out for a trial run this morning. This would not be news in normal times, but it is reported that this is the first big repair job turned out of the shops since the strike began, July 1. Part was was completed before the strike, but the rest was completed after.


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