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This Was Brainerd - July 8

JULY 8 

  • 20 years ago (1998)

For the third time in three years, the Pine River State Bank of Emily was robbed by an armed intruder. Sheriff Dick Ross said they responded to an alarm at 1:52 p.m. The robber, who escaped, said he had a gun under his coat, was in his mid to late 60s, 6-feet tall and about 250 pounds.

  • 30 years ago (1988)

The diminishing flow of the Mississippi River is approaching the point at which officials would seek to divert water from six northern Minnesota lakes, including Gull Lake and the Whitefish chain. A severe drought is the culprit.

  • 40 years ago (1978)

By all accounts, Roger Caldwell sat through his entire 12-week trial without saying a word. He broke that silence yesterday when the jury found him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. He stared at the jury box and simply said, "You're wrong."

  • 60 years ago (1958)

Construction of two more lanes of Hwy 371 between Brainerd and Nisswa will begin by Aug. 1 and will be completed in 135 working days according to the Minn. Highway Dept. The 13.2 miles to Nisswa will cost $1,033,000.

  • 80 years ago (1938)

Special railroad agents are investigating the theft of about 2,000 feet of copper telephone wire from lines running from the Ironton depot to the Mahnomen Mine. Thieves took the wire by climbing the poles and cutting the wire loose.

  • 100 years ago (1918)

Yelling "whoa" at his Ford car didn't make it stop, as James Ingram of Pequot found out. J.C. Hammers' car rounded a corner near Pelican and managed to stop. But Ingram just threw his hands in the air and yelled "whoa," plunging into the other vehicle.