20 years ago (2003)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will host the first Governor's Deer Hunting Opener in November in the Brainerd area. He made the announcement at a Minn. Deer Hunter's Assn. meeting at Breezy Point. “Deer hunting is an important tradition in Minnesota,” Pawlenty said. He will be hunting on an 80-acre parcel near Bar Harbor.
30 years ago (1993)
Many area adults have a vision for a children's museum in Brainerd. Jerry Ring, co-chair of the Children's Museum Committee, updated the city council on the status of that vision. Ring said that the museum would require a budget of $100,000 and a building of about 10,000 square feet, though no site has been established.
40 years ago (1983)
Warrior boys' basketball co-captains Tim Martin and Rick White were named to the all-conference team, and Martin, Brainerd's leading scorer, was named MVP at the team's season-ending potluck banquet. Local Realtor John Pecarich was honored by the team for his volunteer efforts in coaching post and inside play.
60 years ago (1963)
Mike Garvey and Jean Brittany have both been declared winners of Northwest Paper Co. scholarships, renewable for four years, which pay all tuition and lab fees, plus all books. Garvey was named a winner earlier this week and Brittany an alternate, but Northwest decided to make an additional award and Brittany got it.
80 years ago (1943)
Ice cakes in the Mississippi, driven by rising flood waters on Sunday, carried away a steel and wooden bridge spanning the river one-half mile north of Fort Ripley, 17 miles south of Brainerd. The bridge was a county owned structure on a county road. The ice jam moved swiftly down the river pushed by water that rose a foot during the day.
100 years ago (1923)
March was a light month in terms of marriage licenses, the total issued in the county reaching only seven. The Lenten season, which entirely covered this period, is given as the reason, although Cupid seems to have been loafing on the job since the first of the year.
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.