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This Was Brainerd - Sept. 28, 2021

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.

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The largest smallmouth bass to show up here in several seasons is this 5 pound, 7.5 ounce lunker being displayed by Dispatch employee Barb Peterson. It was entered in the King's Sports contest by Frank Wilcox, who caught it on a frog bait on Big Trout Lake. Dispatch archives

SEPTEMBER 28

20 years ago (2001)

An employee at Bonkers on S. 6th Street called police to say a customer tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. The suspect fled police in a 1987 Corvette, then crashed it north of Brainerd and it burst into flames. He fled on foot but was located by a sheriff's deputy with a K-9 dog. When warned the dog would be released, he surrendered.

30 years ago (1991)

Douglas Blankenship lived a rich lifestyle, drove a Rolls Royce and claimed vast real estate holdings. Yesterday he was sentenced to nine years in prison for leading a crime ring whose victims included the city of Brainerd. He was one of seven indicted in the BITC fraud scheme. He may be ordered to pay $17 million restitution.

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40 years ago (1981)

The Warrior girls' swim team led start to finish in recording a 91-81 win over visiting Blake. Brainerd won six events and had nine personal-best times. Michelle Pregler won the 50 free and the 100 back, Anne Monda the 200 free, Lisa Spreiter the 100 free and Carla Nordby the 100 breaststroke.

60 years ago (1961)

(Photo) The largest smallmouth bass to show up here in several seasons is this 5 pound, 7.5 ounce lunker being displayed by Dispatch employee Barb Peterson. It was entered in the King's Sports contest by Frank Wilcox, who caught it on a frog bait on Big Trout Lake.

80 years ago (1941)

First word back from the Brainerd men who are working on an army base in Newfoundland, Canada, came from Bernard Houle, 21, of Brainerd. The sheet metal worker lives in barracks which are one mile from the capital, St. John's. Board is $8.50 a week and the food is very good. Beer is 15 cents a can and cigarettes are 10 cents a pack. Oh, and the girls are pretty.

100 years ago (1921)

Charles Solberg caught a 25-pound muskellunge in the Mississippi River within the city limits of Brainerd. He used a bamboo pole and a bassereno for bait; the fish took 15 minutes to land. When the fish first caught on it felt like a deadhead. The fish was bought by James O'Brien, who iced it and is shipping it to Chicago for display.

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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 1923.
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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 1923.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.