It Was Brainerd – November 18 – Brainerd Dispatch


20 years ago (2002)

The disappearance of Erika Dalquist is national news. The 21-year-old Brainerd woman, who disappeared Oct. 30, has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, and newspapers in Boston and Pittsburgh. On cable news, the story aired on CNN and Fox News, among others. Three other youths from Minnesota and Wisconsin disappeared at the same time.

30 years ago (1992)

The legality of nude dancing continues to be a concern for the county council. Commissioners, prompted by continued complaints of topless dancing at the Pussy Willows nightclub, asked County Attorney Jack Graham to write an order to control topless dancing. After review, the board will decide whether to pursue the matter.

40 years ago (1982)

The County Board of Adjustment, in a convoluted motion last night, upheld an earlier decision to uphold another zoning agency’s decision on a land relocation permit. Indeed, the council refused the applicant Aubrey Kerr’s license twice. He had applied for a permit to move dirt over 600 feet of shoreline on Pelican Lake, but did the job before getting the permit.

60 Years Ago (1962)

The county’s only shooting accident during the recent deer hunting season occurred just an hour before the end of the season. A 15-year-old boy from Brainerd was shot in the right leg by his 16-year-old cousin. The two were hunting just northeast of the airport. They stopped to rest, and when a rifle was picked up, it discharged.

80 years ago (1942)

Tentative preparations are underway at Brainerd and county defense units for a nine-state blackout on the night of December 14. The half-hour blackout will affect rural areas as well as cities, said Frank Russell, Brainerd’s defense commander. Every farmhouse, small town, and crossroads store must comply. Heavy fines can be imposed on offenders.

100 years ago (1922)

The North-siders and the South-siders met on the battlefield at the gasworks football field. When the smoke had cleared, the North had won the day 24-0. The South team alleged that the referee’s poor eyesight cost them a TD. Olson was the brilliant quarterback in the North and Gould, the star QB in the South. There will be revenge.

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