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This was Brainerd-March 20

Posted: March 19, 2012 - 8:00pm

MARCH 20

20 years ago (1992)

Birney Wilkins, 90, whose name was almost synonymous with the Crow Wing County Fair, died March 19 at his home in rural Brainerd. Wilkins was every inch a pioneer and believed that every citizen owed something back to his community.

30 years ago (1982)

The locations were different, and the faces varied from place to place, but the message at the Brainerd school board’s three school closure hearings were the same. Don’t close our school. Close someone else’s instead.

40 years ago (1972)

Mark Olberding, a 6-5 sophomore forward, scored all seven of Melrose’s field goals in the first half to keep the defending Class A champion Dutchmen in the game against a hustling C-I team. The Rangers went cold, leading to a 60-46 Melrose win.

60 years ago (1952)

John Riedl, the Nisswa aviator, has been named manager of the Brainerd-Crow Wing County airport to serve during the absence of Maj. James Polk, airport manager, who has been called to temporary army duty. There are 22 locally owned planes at the airport.

80 years ago (1932)

C-I’s Rangers returned to their studies today after winning the consolation title of the state tournament from Northfield, 28-20. Standout junior center, Joe Perpich, was the high scorer for the tournament with 41 points in the three games. He was named All-State.

100 years ago (1912)

The Farmers’ Club has ordered a car load of Early Ohio potatoes, 24 farmers having signed an agreement to plant this variety. The club also elected officers, with Henry Gruenhagen, Brainerd, as president, and Thomas Pointon, Nokay Lake, vice president.