This Was Brainerd - Sept. 21

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



20 years ago (2002)

Two men robbed the Cub Foods store in northeast Brainerd yesterday. The suspects are two white men, one in his 20s, the other in his 30s. Police said they entered the store about 9:30 p.m., showed a pistol and escaped with an unknown amount of cash. No one was injured in the robbery.

30 years ago (1992)

Police Chief Frank Ball has formally requested the city council to hire two additional patrol officers. One hire would fill an opening caused when an officer was promoted to sergeant. The other would be a new position. Ball quoted statistics showing property crimes have increased 24 percent in four years, while domestics and assaults are up 38 percent.


40 years ago (1982)

A three-day nationwide railroad strike of locomotive engineers that had seen picket lines up in Staples yesterday, has now moved to Brainerd. Bob McGinnis, superintendent at the BN Railroad car shops here said the shops will close at 7 a.m. tomorrow unless a strike settlement is reached.

60 years ago (1962)

On the heels of a speech here by their national leader saying that Brainerd teachers are underpaid, the Brainerd Teachers Federation have asked the school board for raises ranging from $500 at the 4-year degree level, up to $900 more per year for teachers at the final step with a master's degree. All teachers in the system would receive at least $750 more under the proposal.

80 years ago (1942)

Under direction of the Brainerd USO, and with assistance from the Brainerd Service League and the Salvation Army, the new USO Center for men of the armed forces was thrown open to accommodate soldiers, sailors and marines in the Olson Bldg. on S. 6th Street. Soldiers from Camp Ripley are already using the center.

100 years ago (1922)

The city and school nurse has completed an inspection of all the children in the Brainerd schools in order to check on skin or contagious diseases. There were a few cases of impetigo and itch, but not as many as last year. Only five children have been excluded from class but 24 are being closely watched.


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