20 years ago (2002)
A 22-year-old Brainerd High School grad has a shot to win $100,000 in a national computer programming contest. James Esser, is a senior at the Univ. of Minnesota, and son of Steve and Linda Esser. He is one of 16 who advanced to the finals from 100s of contestants. He wants a job as a game developer.
30 years ago (1992)
Jason Daisy of Minneapolis South scored 17 points to lead the Metro team to an 84-65 win over the Outstate team in the Minnesota prep boys' All-Star Game. Trevor Winter led the Outstate with 11 points, while Kyle Smith of Brainerd had eight points and blocked two shots.
40 years ago (1982)
In 13 years, Kathy Tuil has never missed a roll call. The senior at Brainerd High School has maintained a perfect attendance record since kindergarten. She thinks her perfect record is probably due to the fact she had all the normal childhood diseases before entering school.
60 years ago (1962)
This year, when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town, they bring other acts with them. One of them will be the Parry Kids, Steve, 14, and his sister “Squeaky,” 11. Among their talents is tumbling on the trampoline, skills taught them by their late father at their summer home at Lake Hubert.
80 years ago (1942)
The war came home to Brainerd yesterday as it was hit probably harder than any city its size in the nation by the fall of Bataan. With nearly 100 men in the ranks of the 194th Tank Battalion, there is hardly a home here that isn't touched by the disaster to Gen. Wainright's forces. Brainerd today became a listening post for news – any news – of the fate of our men.
100 years ago (1922)
It is announced that a summer colony of Minn. Masons and members of the Order of the Eastern Star will be started on Gull Lake at Cinosam Club. Engineers are platting the 269 acres acquired by the club, with each lot being one-third acre. Tennis courts will be built this summer with more activities to follow.
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