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This Was Brainerd - Sept. 26

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 man skies barefoot behind a boat on Gull Lake.
Mitch Tuomi, 25, doesn't really need skis to glide across Gull Lake. He does just as well with his bare feet. The Brainerd man began skiing at age 5 and started barefoot at age 13. He starts by laying in the water with his feet wrapped around the tow rope until the boat pulls him up. At right he's skiing barefoot on one foot.
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SEPTEMBER 26

20 years ago (2002)

Piles of dirt, rebar and concrete behind the Brainerd Fire Hall show an expansion is underway. The former Glendenning Trucking building that the city used for storage was torn down to make way for a 2,400-square-foot addition to the fire hall at a cost of $250,000. It will include a six-stall garage.

30 years ago (1992)

Fall enrollment at Brainerd Community College has reached 1,856 students, an all-time high. BCC started with 12 students in 1938, was at 568 when Pres. Sally Ihne came to campus and was at 1,823 last year. The growth reflects more full-time students, and today 64 percent are 24 years and younger.

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40 years ago (1982)

(Photo) Mitch Tuomi, 25, doesn't really need skis to glide across Gull Lake. He does just as well with his bare feet. The Brainerd man began skiing at age 5 and started barefoot at age 13. He starts by laying in the water with his feet wrapped around the tow rope until the boat pulls him up. At right he's skiing barefoot on one foot.

60 years ago (1962)

Homer Whiting, area forester, said today that several shots were fired into the door of the building housing the radio transmitter on Ahern's Hill near Brainerd. He said one shot was fired against the lock on the door and two through the door, striking the metal cabinet housing the transmitter.

80 years ago (1942)

Crow Wing County farmers reported to be “going out of business because of upsets due to the war,” have sold from 35 to 40 farms already, according to the Minn. Farm Bureau. In Stearns County, 200 farms have been sold. “This is a situation bordering on catastrophe,” said a Farm Bureau spokesman.

100 years ago (1922)

The Brainerd Dispatch idea to try to expand the tourist season into September and October is meeting with support from area resorts. Capt. W.H. Fawcett of Breezy Point Lodge is heartily in favor and sent a check to add to the advertising fund that will try to place ads in major papers.

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