Megan Whalen, Brainerd senior, put her hockey uniform away for the weekend, put on a fancy dress and was named the 2002 Miss Minnesota Homecoming Queen yesterday. Whalen said she felt out of her element but the other 24 finalists were nice. As the state queen, she will travel to California this summer for the national contest.
30 years ago (1992)
For nearly six weeks the Brainerd Community College softball team has done nothing but practice. “The players couldn't wait for our first game,” said first-year coach Jane Peterson. The wait was worth it as the Raiders took a double-header from Northland, 20-0 and 33-2. Julie Rubel tossed a one-hitter in the opener.
40 years ago (1982)
Right-hander Bruce Bialka tied the school record for strikeouts with 14 as the Warriors defeated C-I yesterday 9-4 in its season opener. Bialka was supported by clutch hitting. (Note: The strikeout record Bruce tied was set by his brother, Mike Bialka, Dispatch sportswriter who covered the game and wrote the story.)
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) This boxcar and the one behind it derailed yesterday morning at the 13th Street crossing near the NP Shops. Each of the two cars was loaded with 50 tons of wet pulpwood on its way to the Northwest Paper Mill in Brainerd. No reason was given for the derailment.
80 years ago (1942)
Fire which swept through meadows on a two-mile front along Hwy 218 south of Brainerd, destroyed a large amount of hay but was kept away from buildings on the six farms that were involved. The farmers and forest rangers were also able to keep the fire from reaching timber areas.
100 years ago (1922)
(Adv.) Be sure to try our Easter Dinner! Serving oyster cocktail and consomme soup as appetizers. Main course is wall-eyed pike, sugar-cured ham with spinach, lobster patties, pork chops, stuffed spring chicken and prime ribs au jus. Buns, salad, vegetables and assorted desserts. Ransford Hotel.
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.