This Was Brainerd - July 5


20 years ago (1999)

(Edit.) Communities are jealous about their identities. And in many communities the chamber of commerce is the fabric holding holding it together. But leaders in Crosslake and Brainerd see the benefits of cooperation and the two town’s chambers have signed a letter of intent to merge.

30 years ago (1989)


In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to restrict abortions, two area legislators, Kris Hasskamp, Crosby, and Steve Wensel, Little Falls, say they will support such a bill if it is introduced in the legislature. It could be added to an expected special session on tax reform.

40 years ago (1979)

(Adv.) Fri. and Sat. Special: U.S. Choice, juicy Prime Rib - reg. cut - $7.95 / large cut $9.95. New Nightly Specials: Rib Eye Steak Sandwich, melt-in-your mouth - just $4.95; Rib Eye Dinner, with salad and potatoes - $5.95. Papa C’s - Downtown Brainerd.

60 years ago (1959)

Fireworks were a small part of July 4th festivities, but “firewater” played a bigger role. Both the city and county jails were filled to capacity, partly due to bar fights, but most were minors arrested for possession and consumption in a major crackdown.


80 years ago (1939)

Huge throngs enjoyed the 4th without serious mishap in the lakes area. There were no drownings, and three auto accidents produced a few serious injuries but no fatalities. There were the usual burns and abrasions from fireworks, including a boy, age 7, who had firecrackers go off in his back pocket.

100 years ago (1919)

Brainerd’s own Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush pitched several innings for the Boston Red Sox yesterday as the bean town team defeated Bush’s old team, the Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 9 to 6. Schlang was the catcher.

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