20 years ago (2002)
In a medical emergency they are usually the first ones on the scene, and their work can be the difference between life and death. It's not always the ambulance or fire crews. It's area first responders, of which there are about 20 crews in the area. Their numbers are dwindling and they need more volunteers.
30 years ago (1992)
Baxter's Mark Ness is in Africa this week, flying relief supplies from Kenya to the starving people of Somalia. Mark, the son of Russ and Leona Ness, has been doing such things for years. The pilot with Northwest Airlines, and lieutenant colonel with the Minn. Air National Guard, took a four-week leave to make the relief flights.
40 years ago (1982)
A joint state Senate-House task force met at Brainerd State Hospital – not to decide if the facility should be closed – but to find ways to better utilize it. The task force is visiting and reviewing all state hospitals with an intent to come up with a better use, believing there will be fewer hospital residents in the future.
60 years ago (1962)
Roger Oium, 34, of Deerwood, escaped injury early morning on Sept. 15 when his car went off County Road 1 on the south side of Serpent Lake. Oium said he was forced off the road by another car on a curve. His vehicle knocked down a mailbox, then traveled 400 feet through a flower garden and then a vegetable garden.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore on the Cuyuna Range from the Kennedy Mine.
27/46: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
28/46: Chicago Tavern on Gilbert Lake circa 1938-1943. Dancing and food. Al LaBarre was the owner. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area' published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
29/46: State Champion was this Brainerd amateur baseball team of 1894, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured here are (front row) Frary, catcher; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, W.P. Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, lf; Warner, 2nd. Source: 'Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971'. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
36/46: W.E. Lively, the hustling Maxwell auto dealer, has sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a Maxwell Mascotte Touring 1911 by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1526033
37/46: This truck belonged to Silas Hall's Transfer Line just after World War I. It was used for hauling freight from the NP (Northern Pacific Railroad) depot to stores around town as well as for other kinds of moving. The picture was taken in front of the railroad freight office. Before the truck, Silas Hal used teams of horses and wagons which he kept at 415 Main (now Washington Street). Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
38/46: The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
39/46: This building at Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the home of the Citizen's State Bank, from 1909 to 1927, when the bank then moved to quarters across the street. This picture was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
40/46: The "fill" grounds skating rink, located near Franklin Junior High School, winter of 1938-39. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
41/46: 60 years ago (1959) (Photo) Robert Dobson, 15, is interested in how long he can keep a kite aloft. He launched a kite at 3 p.m. yesterday near the court house and it's still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The weatherman says it will remain windy today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
42/46: Brainerd Dispatch archives
43/46: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
44/46: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
45/46: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.
80 years ago (1942)
The county chapter of the Red Cross has notified the Bataan Relief Organization (BRO) that there are special forms available for an attempt to send messages to our men in the Philippines. Certain forms are used for those named as “missing in action” and others for those confirmed as “prisoners of war.”
100 years ago (1922)
Again the Pine River people are agitating for the division of Cass County, with the southern half to be called “Clover County,” with county seat to be in Pine River. The next move would be to annex the northern row of townships from Crow Wing County, and in exchange, give Crow Wing the townships to the west which would rather be in Crow Wing.