20 years ago (2002)
It was seven years since Brainerd last made a trip to the American Legion state baseball tournament. And before Brainerd knew it, it was over. Facing N. St. Paul, second-ranked team in the state, Brainerd led 2-0 into the final inning, only to give up three runs for the loss. In their second game they were steamrolled 19-1 by Hopkins.
30 years ago (1992)
Jon Haapajoki of rural Brainerd has been named executive director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber. Haapajoki says he starts on Sept. 8 but will be getting some early work done first. He is a member of the school board and a rep for a farm equipment company. Tom Kotula, president of the chamber board, says there were 82 applications.
40 years ago (1982)
A man being held by Minneapolis Police for making terroristic threats was escorted to Brainerd to show county law enforcement the site where he said he had hidden military grade explosives. Sheriffs deputy Skip Rudquist said he found enough TNT and detonators to destroy a car, plus “booby trap” devices.
60 years ago (1962)
Cleaver Thayer, 72, who drove for the first time (illegally) in Chicago when he was 10, and hasn't had more than a scratched fender since (not his fault), will be honored as the “Safe Driver of the Century” by the St. Paul Auto Club next week. Thayer and his wife live near Merrifield and he still drives daily.
80 years ago (1942)
The consolidation of at least two Brainerd schools (Garfield and Lowell) and closing of kindergarten in Brainerd schools will be discussed at a special school board meeting to curtail expenses next year. Supt. Ferrell said the board is short four grade school teachers, two at the junior high and two more at the high school.
100 years ago (1922)
A general strike of the big four railroad transportation unions is threatened, and that would mean 2 million men walking off the job. They say this is due to threats made against them by railroad guards, and the danger of working on poorly maintained equipment. All railroad shopmen are already on strike, including the 1,200 at Brainerd's NP Railroad shops.
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