It Was Brainerd – January 25 – Brainerd Expedition

JANUARY 25

20 years ago (2002)

Almost every winter night, you’ll find him at the Gregory Park ice rink, teaching children to skate. His name is Mike Padgett, 53, and his dream is to skate in the Special Olympics. He is honored tomorrow with a party at the rink, hosted by the parents whose children he taught. Mike thinks he’s shown 300 to 400 kids how to skate.

30 years ago (1992)

(Pictured) Brainerd center Margit Rinke (left) joined Shelly Breen as the only Warrior basketball players to score 1,000 career points. Breen hit the goal on January 9. Rinke did it on January 23 as Brainerd defeated St. Cloud Apollo 87-35. She needed six points to reach her goal and scored 17. Heather Anderson added 16 and Sarah Northway added 12.

40 years ago (1982)

(Adv.) Lunch specials! Monday: Hot Beef Sandwich – $2.95; Tuesday: BBQ pork chop – $2.95; Wednesday: Chimichanga or Chicken Chow Mein – $2.95; Thursday: French Dip – $2.95; Friday: 21 baskets of shrimp – $2.95. Soup and sandwich daily – $2.25. Chaz’s Bar and Restaurant – S. 6and Street.

60 Years Ago (1962)

(Picture) The biggest walleye to appear in a Brainerd fishing contest in a long time is this 12-6 lunker caught at Gull Lake at 11.30am yesterday by Mrs. Lee Schumacher. She and her husband operate the Sandy Point Lodge at Gull Lake and say it’s the largest they’ve ever seen. She caught walleyes 10-8 and 10-4 two years ago at Gull.

80 years ago (1942)

The Warrior basketball team, showing they learned how to drive to the basket and shoot free throws, earned a 32-22 win over St. Cloud Tech. Captain Gene Brandt, back in action, scored eight points and Garvey had 10. Brainerd made 12 of 17 free throws and also held Tech to four points in the second half.

100 years ago (1922)

A destitute man and woman, “thumping” their way north from Minneapolis, somehow survived 40 below time by riding in a boxcar to Brainerd. They ran to the round house to warm up, where a railroad worker offered them a room for the night and others contributed $21 for them. Tomorrow they are going to International Falls, but now as passengers.

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