It Was Brainerd – August 11 – Brainerd Dispatch

AUGUST 11

20 years ago (2002)

(Pictured) The Spirit of St. Louis replica of the Experimental Aircraft Assn. flew over Little Falls yesterday in preparation for the 75e celebration of the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s return to Little Falls after his historic transatlantic flight. Little Falls Airport held an air show during the activities.

30 years ago (1992)

The fire department wants to burn down a nuisance building on a confiscated property on Norwood Street as part of a firefighter training exercise. But County Commissioner Mary Koep insists that neighbors’ opinions be taken first. Fire Chief Ron Johnson says he will go door to door within a two-block radius. Koep says she will go with him.

40 years ago (1982)

Supt. Bob Gross requested that two school district committees be formed. One would look at high school and issues such as minimum proficiency for graduation, honors courses, etc. The other would examine the renovation of the Tornstrom auditorium or the possible construction of a new auditorium.

60 Years Ago (1962)

Two youngsters from Minnesota, both at Univ. of Minnesota, teeed off today in the final of the Western Junior golf tournament. George Shortridge, nephew of Brainerd Fire Chief Ray Shortridge, will face CI’s Dave Gumlia. Gumlia ousted medalist Jim Jamieson of Illinois in the quarterfinals.

80 years ago (1942)

Two men’s letters from 194e Tank Battalion written before the fall of Bataan arrived here yesterday to the friends and families of men who are now prisoners or fighting as guerrillas in the Philippine jungles. One was from Captain CD Quinlan to Police Officer Joe Nolan, and the other was from Cpl. William Mattson to his family.

100 years ago (1922)

For the first time in the county’s history, women were drawn for the November jury list. Six will serve on the grand jury and 12 on the regular jury list. Many women figure prominently in the work of women’s clubs, in the League of Women Voters and have served on election commissions.

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