20 years ago (2002)
The Brainerd Bushwhackers ride through the “Hap” Dumont World Series 14-and-under baseball tournament ended yesterday, but not before the team beat Eagan 6-2 and finished fourth, believed to be Brainerd's best showing ever. The Omaha Patriots face the Wichita Cardinals in the tournament finals.
30 years ago (1992)
Cass County Sheriff's investigator Michael Diekmann and BCA Agent Dave Bjerga said that the suspect charged in the slaying of a Backus man told them that all child abusers ought to be killed. The victim was found in a shallow grave shortly after being charged with criminal sexual conduct with a teenage boy.
40 years ago (1982)
Short-statured Joel Gullickson, second baseman for the Brainerd Legion team, doesn't hit many home runs, but his two-run blast touched off a six-run fourth inning as Brainerd downed Little Falls 14-8 to win the sub-district Legion tournament. Brad Loch and Mark Muesing also homered for Brainerd.
60 years ago (1962)
(Adv.) Jake's Bargain Busters! Our famous Home-grown Tomatoes – 5 lbs. $1.00 – or 10-lb. Basket - $1.95; Biggest Cantaloupe in town – plus a pint of Kemp's Ice Cream – both for $1.00; Crisp Lettuce – head 10 cents; Red or Russet Potatoes – 10 lbs. 39 cents. Jake's Garden Market – Hwys 210-371 West.
80 years ago (1942)
Relatives and friends of men of the 194th Tank Battalion who served on Bataan and who are now believed prisoners of the Japanese, were advised today that donations for their relief are being accepted at the Press Club in San Francisco. The shipment will be sent by a Swedish neutral ship. No messages or personal packages are allowed.
100 years ago (1922)
The railroad strike here, of several weeks in length, has been remarkably free of violence of any kind. But that record was damaged when Erick Kronberg, a foremen at the NP Shops, was viciously attacked by men who called him a scab, though he was required by law to do a job at the shops.
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.