It Was Brainerd – May 3 – Brainerd Expedition

MAY 3

20 years ago (2002)

Rebecca Yanisch, the state’s commissioner of commerce and economic development, says the wording of Potlatch’s sale of its printing division to Sappi Ltd. makes it difficult to sell the Brainerd plant. The factory specializes in the manufacture of coated paper, but it is precisely the paper that is prohibited from being manufactured in any sale of the factory.

30 years ago (1992)

Randy Terrio purchased Earl’s Furniture in Nisswa, a family business there for over 30 years. The store was started by Earl and “Sis” Svendsen in 1960, and was later taken over by his son Bill and his wife Joan. A gift shop that was added to the north part of the building will be retained and known as “Jo and Bill’s Gifts”.

40 years ago (1982)

(Pictured) A deeply moved Walt Stark, second from right, holds a plaque presented to him at the grand opening of the Walt Stark staging area in Pillsbury State Park. The officiant was Gov. Al Quie, left, joined by Les Sellnow and Ray Sellnow. They were all on a hike marking the 20and anniversary of hiking the Pillsbury Trails.

60 Years Ago (1962)

A wave of 10 grass fires made firefighters jump yesterday. Brainerd volunteers were called five times yesterday, and the forestry department as many times. The Brainerd Fire Department took the first call at 3:35 p.m. and covered the last call — at the dump — at 11 p.m. There is no relief in view of the dry weather.

80 years ago (1942)

The Civil Defense Rescue Committee yesterday collected six tons of paper from the city, according to Committee Chairman Don Freeman. A 16 ton wagon came out yesterday and another will come out next week. Collection of rags, rubber and scrap metal will begin next week.

100 years ago (1922)

The 30 new Americans who will be granted citizenship papers during this May term of the district court will not be without a warm welcome from the residents of Brainerd. There will be patriotic songs from high school students, an address from the judge and a reception at the courthouse sponsored by a host of civic organizations.

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