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This was Brainerd — Dec. 23

Posted: December 22, 2013 - 6:26pm

DECEMBER 23

20 years ago (1993)

Holiday sales have many area merchants singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Patrons are buying and cash tills are ringing. Larry Anderson of J.C. Penney says, “It’s been great.” Bill Brekken of Herberger’s called it “a green year for retailers.”

30 years ago (1983)

The Dial-A-Ride bus system marked the beginning of its third full year in 1983 and bus ridership figures show that it’s an idea that appeals to bus riders. Wally Gavin of the bus committee says, “It’s more than doubled riders over the old fixed route system.”

40 years ago (1973)

Santa Claus was hospitalized here this week, but thanks to excellent care by St. Joseph’s Hospital staff he is ready for his vital business. One doctor’s order said to put toy sacks near the bed. Another said to restrict phone calls to those from Mrs. Claus or elves.

60 years ago (1953)

The end of a disastrous road trip was completed when the Warriors received a 62-47 licking at Hibbing to go with the 59-45 loss the night before at Virginia. The cold shooting from the first game carried over with Brainerd hitting in the low 20 percents.

80 years ago (1933)

(Adv.) Come to Moran’s in Nisswa! Big New Year’s Eve Carnival featuring a 7-piece band and a Floor Show with three acts. Lunch, Noisemakers, Hats, Balloons. Make reservations early - $2.50 per couple.

100 years ago (1913)

Mild weather may be conducive to playing winter baseball and tennis, but it raises havoc in many ways. Without snow the logger and lumberjack will have to quit logging, the trains are cut back with little wood or coal to haul and stores can’t sell overcoats.