20 years ago (2003)
Reichert Bus Co. of Baxter may beat out two national bus companies to continue to serve students in the Brainerd school district. Because the process used quotes – which are negotiable – Reichert was able to adjust its figures, thus saving the school district $1.1 million over the four-year contract.
30 years ago (1993)
The Big Fish Banquet, a fund-raising kickoff for the May 15 Governor's Fishing Opener, was hailed as a smashing success. “We're very pleased,” said Liz Dean, committee member. The event at Cragun's Resort on April 3 raised $32,544 after expenses. Proceeds will be used to cover expenses for the Opener, to be held at Cragun's.
40 years ago (1983)
A local church has bid $87,485 for the closed-down Edison Elementary School – a price that brought smiles to school board members. The school, built for $290,000 in 1955, was valued at just $10,000 after it was closed as a cost-cutting measure. The Laestadian Lutheran Church said the school will require substantial alterations to be usable.
60 years ago (1963)
Questions and answers concerning the proposed Pequot Lakes-Nisswa school merger are being made public today. The Pequot Lakes board favors moving from a seven-person board to six, then they could have three from each community. Pequot Lakes believes a new high school should be built along Hwy 371 between the two towns.
80 years ago (1943)
A paper salvage program has been resumed in Brainerd, S.R. Hickerson, salvage chair, said today. All types of paper products are solicited, and the appeal is made to both homes and business houses. Contact the committee and they will collect it and bale it for shipment. All funds realized go to civil defense.
100 years ago (1923)
Dale Helm returned Monday evening from the cities where he has been employed the past two months. Incidentally, he will be introduced to his new little daughter, age two weeks, whose arrival has been kept a secret from her dad.
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.