20 years ago (2002)
Brainerd's Mighty Gulls baseball team lost 2-1 to the St. Cloud River Bats in the Northwoods League action, but it was OK with them. They had already won the league's second half title and secured home-field advantage for the first round of the league playoffs.
30 years ago (1992)
(Adv.) It's our Fall and Winter European Air Fare Sale! Price is $448 round trip from Minneapolis to: Munich – Glasgow – Frankfurt – London – Paris – Madrid – Milan – Stockholm and more destinations. Travel dates are Nov. 1 to Dec. 16, or Dec. 24 to March 31. Paulson Travel Service – Brainerd.
40 years ago (1982)
Despite a plea for a lighter sentence by his attorney, Jack Graham, Judge William Kalar sentenced former Water and Light superintendent Elmer Lalli to 18 months at Stillwater State Prison and a $3,000 fine. Kalar cited the fact that the crimes occurred regularly over a period of time.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Dick Bagnell, Iowa, had a half-hour fight before landing this 36-pound muskie at Leech Lake recently. He was fishing off Pelican Island with a silver minnow bait on just six-pound test line. It's on display here at Ev Lassig's Log Cabin and will be mounted for further showings.
80 years ago (1942)
On duty at the Fairfax naval aviation base, Ensign Joe Marchel, 27, of Brainerd, was set to land when he found part of his landing gear would not not lower. He radioed the tower and received orders to attempt a crash landing. He did so, sliding across the field with minimal damage to his plane and no injury to himself.
100 years ago (1922)
Brainerd, in the vicinity of Main and 10th Streets, across from the NP shops, took on the aspect of the Battle of the Marne for a few moments last night. Mayor Little, wanting to see the situation near the strike zone firsthand, had walked there. After a half hour in the dark, he turned to walk back and six shots rang out from railroad guards. There were no injuries.
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