This Was Brainerd - July 4


20 years ago (1999)

It wasn’t pretty. In a game that featured two ejections, two passed balls, four wild pitches, eight errors and 11 walks, the Brainerd Legion baseball team finally prevailed 10-6 over Edina at Mills Field. It was a first-round win in the Brainerd Lakes Swing Tournament.

30 years ago (1989)


City council president James Wallin will try his hand at arranging a meeting between the council, the Brainerd EDA and American National Bank over the question of $725,000 in loans owed the bank and guaranteed by the city. It won’t be easy. The bank wants no lawyers present and the EDA insists they be there.

40 years ago (1979)

July 4th fireworks spread into the streets in Crosby last night when a dispute at a pizza shop erupted into a full-scale riot. Thirty law officers quelled the fight, but not until 10 people were arrested and many residents and carnival workers were nursing injuries.

60 years ago (1959)

Appropriation of $3.9 million for construction at the Brainerd State Hospital assures four buildings and boosts total spending on the facility to $12.5 million since 1953. Legislators hope to appropriate another $10 million in the next few years to complete the campus.


80 years ago (1939)

The slot machine situation in the county was cracked wide open today. Eighty owners of 143 slots taken during the nine-hour raid were from resorts, taverns, inns and stores, and they will appear in court soon. Raids were done by detectives hired by the County Ministerial Assn.

100 years ago (1919)

In a 4th of July address at Backus it was said that John D. Rockefeller would give all his wealth to look and feel as young as Bill Graham of Brainerd, and the crowd applauded. The noted cornetist who plays with the Brainerd City Band is tall and broad, though not so substantial as our Tom “Fat” Wood.

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