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This was Brainerd - Jan. 24

Posted: January 23, 2011 - 10:42pm

JANUARY 24

20 years ago (1991)

Not many people attend St. Cloud State to become opera singers, but that's exactly what Brainerd's Peggy Kriha is doing. But Kriha, who will graduate in 1991, has garnered one of 16 positions in the Chautauqua, N.Y., summer opera festival, from over 500 applicants.

30 years ago (1981)

Although it has a clear favorite in mind, a Brainerd School Board committee recommended a replacement for Elliot Whoolery, retiring after 17 years, be chosen after a public search. Whoolery leaves on Sept. 16.

40 years ago (1971)

(Photo) Danny Bye and Walt Armstrong, Jr., pose here in front of an airplane that crashed on the Gull River ice. The young men were ice fishing nearby and pulled Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cutler, Sandstone, from the wreckage. Neither was seriously injured.

60 years ago (1951)

The five-cent cup of coffee was given the axe today in most Brainerd restaurants. A member of the Brainerd Restaurant Assn. said, We've operated as long as we could, but increased costs have forced our hand. Henceforth, coffee will cost a dime a cup.

80 years ago (1931)

Henry Red Erickson, one-time manager of the meat department at the Red Owl store, and later at the Model Market, always wanted to be a Hollywood star. He has now taken a screen test, appeared in a scene and met the star Noah Berry at his mountain home.

100 years ago (1911)

Mrs. Alex Rose came down from Klondyke and mentioned that her boy, Willie, had killed a large female wolf on the ice of a lake near their home. He trapped the wolf with a poisoned chicken, and then dispatched it with his rifle.

-Compiled by Terry McCollough