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Friday, March 5, 2004
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Business District Started Near River and Spread Eastward.
♦  Starting near the Mississippi river on Front street, Brainerd's retail business centers have presented a changing picture throughout the hundred years of the city's history.

Row of Stores On Front Street
♦  Front Street in 1883 was a row of little stores mixed with saloons, boarding houses and some general merchandising establishments.

History of Telephone Goes Back 90 Years
♦  The history of telephones in Brainerd goes back nearly 90 years but the first 25 were not very productive.

Unions Have Been Vital Force Here
♦  Labor unions which have been a force in Brainerd life for nearly 80 years, got their start here in 1891.

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Ryan Law Firm Now Oldest In Brainerd
♦  In 1903 Michael Ryan began a law practice in Brainerd which today remains as the only firm to carry the same name continuously for more than 50 years.

Brainerd Industries
♦  Anderson Brothers Construction

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Industrial Park Is 'New Look'
♦  One of the most recent developments in Brainerd's history of industrial expansion is the new Industrial Park located in south Brainerd along 13th Street and across from the fairgrounds.

Mining Used to Be Area Mainstay
♦  Mining, the mainstay of Range towns including Crosby, Ironton, Riverton and Deerwood since 1911, is being supplemented by a wide variety of other industries.

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Foundry Started in 1872
♦  The Brainerd Foundry Co., 801 S. 10th St., started its long history in 1872.

First City Business Probably Eating Place
♦  The first business establishment in Brainerd was some sort of an eating place, probably a boarding house to feed railroad construction workers.

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