20 years ago (2002)
Brainerd diver Shaun Kennedy has many titles in his sport. He's a conference and section champion, and a three-time all-state performer at the state swim meet. Now you can call him All-American. The National Swim Coaches Assn. named him to the All-American team where he ranks 19th in the nation.
30 years ago (1992)
While unemployment rose statewide from April to May by one-half percent, it dipped by that much or more in the county and in Region 5. By the numbers the state went from 5.0 percent to 5.5 percent – the same as last year – and the county dropped from 6.6 to 6.0 percent, again, the same as last year.
40 years ago (1982)
School Supt. Bob Gross forfeited a $3,800 salary increase in an effort to make the public see that school leadership understands the sacrifices needed to maintain quality education. Gross told the board he wasn't thrilled to give up the money but it was the right thing to do seeing they had just closed school buildings and reduced staff.
60 years ago (1962)
Any passenger on a train must accustom himself to the regular clickety-click of the wheels as the train speeds over the joints between rail sections. Most of that will be alleviated as the NP Railroad installs 1,443-foot rails on about 3.5 miles of track through the Brainerd city area.
80 years ago (1942)
Brainerd youths who are required to register for the fifth selective service registration should do so tomorrow at the Brainerd Armory from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. This includes those born between Jan. 1, 1922, and June 30, 1924, - or those ages 18 to 20. They should come prepared with necessary personal information.
100 years ago (1922)
All ex-soldiers are asked by the 50th Anniversary parade committee to be out in uniform on July 4. We need a big turnout for their section of the parade. Most already have their old uniforms, but the Frank & James Co. has extras to loan. In addition, there are soldiers who have extra uniforms to loan.
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