This Was Brainerd - Sept. 23

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 person walks inside the Potlatch paper mills
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

The county board got a little breather on the budget. County Auditor Roy Luukkonen told them he made a mistake when he calculated the proposed budget, saying budget requests came to $6.4 million; but in reality they are $5.3 million. That should make balancing the budget a bit easier going forward.

30 years ago (1992)

(Adv.) We're open daily at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 10 a.m.! Sunday: Lobster Dinner - $15.95; Tuesday: Alaskan King Crab - $15.95; Wednesday: Pan Fried Walleye - $8.95; Thursday: Garlic Broiled Shrimp - $11.50. Sunset Specials on Mondays – three meals at $7.95. Iven's on the Bay – Hwy 371 North.


40 years ago (1982)

A proposed trip to Los Angeles highlighted a school board committee meeting, as the Brainerd Kixters danceline group sought approval to compete in the “Miss Drill Team USA” competition. Cindy Clough, Kixter advisor, said the trip would involve 29 students at $499 each and run from Feb. 9-13. The board delayed action for now.

60 years ago (1962)

2nd Lt. Lawrence Karnowski, of Brainerd, has been awarded U.S. Air Force pilots wings following his graduation from training at Lackland AFB in Texas. Lt. Karnowski is graduate of Washington High School, Brainerd, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. His parents are the Joe Karnowskis of Brainerd.

80 years ago (1942)

The Japanese soldier, in the ranks, is opposed to the war. He feels that he is fighting a losing fight and does not ever expect to return home to Japan. Such is the opinion of Emma Noreen, Brainerd, who spent five years in Japanese occupied territory in China, and who for three months was a Japanese prisoner of war.

100 years ago (1922)

It is rumored that the million dollar contract for the new power plant at the NP Railroad shops is at last let, and that work will begin on this big project in the near future. The new plant would be built at the site of the old power plant, the car shop and the wheel house. It is thought the housing camps now being built would house the laborers.


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