TEMPLATE: This Was Brainerd | Brainerd Dispatch

20 years ago (2000)

(Photo) Four Baxter Elementary second graders were selected to release biodegradable balloons to celebrate Peace Week activities at the school. A total of 350 balloons will carry messages of peace across the miles, and students hope to learn where they were found and receive messages in return.

30 years ago (1990)

Homecoming can be a distracting time in high school football, but not for the Warriors. Brainerd rallied to edge Willmar 15-7 in the conference game. The Warriors racked up 304 yards on the ground, led by halfback Doug Wheeler gaining 116. Brainerd’s record moved to 4-1 on the season.

40 years ago (1980)

Jeff Helmer, manager of the Blue Ox Coop south of Brainerd, said a woman walked into his office with a gasoline can and a cigarette lighter. She said to give her his car keys or “I’ll have you dead in five minutes.” With 350 tons of highly flammable fertilizer nearby, Helmer handed her the keys. She and an accomplice were caught by police minutes later.

60 years ago (1960)

Music lovers, including some from out-of-state, will pack 2,000 seats at the Washington High School gymnasium tomorrow night when Stanislaw Skrowaczewski makes his conducting debut with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is the former conductor of the National Philharmonic of Poland.

80 years ago (1940)

A $218,000 project for a new Brainerd airport is included in a $500 million airfield development program introduced by the Civil Aeronautics Admin. In Congress today. The bill includes $7.5 million begin or improve 118 airports in Minnesota. CAA engineers will inspect sites here soon.

100 years ago (1920)

(Adv.) Sale of Beare’s famous Hard-Headed Cabbage, direct from the Riverside Farm in Brainerd, starts tomorrow at the Model Meat Market. Mr. Beare will have a competent party in charge of the cabbage table. Now is the time to get your cabbage for making sauerkraut.