20 years ago (2002)
Stands of jack pine on county land in and around Camp Vanasek will be harvested this year. Land commissioner Tom Cowell said the jack pine are over-mature and many have fallen down, creating a fire hazard. The estimated 420 cords of wood brought in $21,384 during a sale. The area will be replanted.
30 years ago (1992)
Yesterday, Karoline, a DNR fire spotter, made her first trip up the 100-foot fire tower just east of Pequot Lakes. At the top she looked right into the face of a 250-pound bear. She beat a retreat and called for help. Turns out it was “Sassy,” a tame bear, owned by Police Chief Mark Forsberg. Sassy was lured back down with marshmallows.
40 years ago (1982)
The Minn. Supreme Court denied Brainerd's motion to dismiss an appeal filed by demoted former police chief Wayne Hasty. The court ruled that Hasty had a right to appeal and the court must hear it. The controversy began in 1979 when the city council suspended Hasty and demoted him to patrolman.
60 years ago (1962)
The most brazen of burglaries plaguing Brainerd occurred last night at Washington High School. Just before 7:30 p.m., someone climbed through a window in the agriculture room, and used scissors to force open a drawer, stealing $7.00. Just the previous day the teacher had taken $50 to the bank.
80 years ago (1942)
The 75 county men who left to enter the armed forces yesterday formed the largest group so far – until today. Three buses were needed to transport the 131 county men who lined up in front of the court house and left for the army. In recognition of Army Day the men were saluted by the Brainerd Drum and Bugle Corps.
100 years ago (1922)
(Adv.) A Few Specials for Thursday-Friday! 100 Brunswick Records – ea. 60 cents; Chopping Axe – Reg. $1.50 – Now $1.00; 16-shot Remington .22 Rifle – Was $28.50 – Now $22.50; No. 3 Galvanized Tubs – 79 cents. Northern Home Furnishing Co. - Brainerd.
28/50: 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.
29/50: 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.
30/50: 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.
37/50: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
38/50: 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
39/50: 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.
40/50: 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.
41/50: 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.
42/50: 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.
43/50: 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.
44/50: 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.
45/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives
46/50: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
47/50: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
48/50: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.
50/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives