This Was Brainerd - April 23
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1920.
20 years ago (2000)
(Photo) Brainerd High School band tuba player Michael Hart teamed up with the tuba section of the U.S. Army Field Band during their concert at the high school on April 22. Eight members of the high school band were mixed into the Field Band for one number, “National Emblem March.”
30 years ago (1990)
In Victory League amateur baseball last weekend, Fort Ripley launched a 23-hit attack to whip Harding 29-7. Tim Veith hit three homers including a grand slam. The Brainerd Bees topped St. Mathias 15-5, with Mike Bialka hitting three-run and two-run homers for the Bees.
40 years ago (1980)
Barry Sorenson and Lehtitia Moilanen were named the Warrior Boy and Girl Athletes of the Year at last night's All-Sports Banquet. English teacher Andre LaMourea served as master of ceremonies, and the banquet featured music by Paul Lagergren and Linda Eder, former Miss Brainerd.
60 years ago (1960)
With tears of joy and surprise in her eyes, Kaye Hill was crowned Miss Brainerd of 1960 last night. She will receive a $150 college scholarship and will represent Brainerd in the Miss Minnesota semi-finals tonight. Pat LaVoie was first runner-up and Linda Fitzsimons second runner-up.
80 years ago (1940)
Bert Iten, 45, the Ft. Ripley farmer who died in a plane crash last night at his private airstrip, had been a prisoner of war in a German camp during the last two months of the World War. He had arrived in France with the 117 th Infantry and fought in several important battles before his capture on Oct. 7, 1918.
100 years ago (1920)
While Little Falls has raised $2,000 toward financing its city baseball team for this summer, Brainerd is trying to pay off its indebtedness of $288 from last year's team. The Brainerd team was champion of the Central Minn. League and lost the state semi-pro title against Stillwater.