20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) The 14-acre corn maze at This Old Farm on County 18 east of Brainerd will open for the fall season on August 17. For the second year the maze will be a fund raiser for Brainerd's adult Special Olympics Team. As the photo shows, the Paul Bunyan-themed maze should prove to be a real challenge.
30 years ago (1992)
Gretchen Smith didn't have much time to celebrate winning the women's title at the Brainerd Country Club. Minutes after winning, Smith, 21, was back at work waiting on customers at the club. But she took time to buy runner-up Sandy O'Day a drink after the win, which is a tradition. Smith, who has the lowest handicap at the club, is a senior at Concordia.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Tell that to “Pepper,” a 10-year-old springer spaniel owned by the Duane Ralph family of Baxter. Three years ago, Duane taught her to go to the delivery tube each day when the Dispatch comes, reach up and grab the paper with her teeth and bring it to the house. The large Sunday paper takes two trips.
60 years ago (1962)
Prices for the hot lunch program were set and the bus contract was accepted at the Baxter school board meeting last night. Following a discussion of the hot lunch program it was decide that due to increasing costs the prices would be set at 20 cents per day for students and 30 cents for teachers.
80 years ago (1942)
A former Brainerd boy, Lt. Arvid Anderson, now living in Washington, was a co-pilot on a B-17 bomber that fought in the Battle of Midway. They flew out of Midway to bomb the Japanese and lost both port-side engines. They safely returned to Midway, worked day and night to repair the engines, and flew out just ten minutes before the Japs attacked the island.
100 years ago (1922)
After shots were fired Thursday night on railroad property, and witnessed by Mayor Frank Little, Police Chief Varner and Patrolman Abrahamson arrested two men employed as railroad guards for discharging guns within the city. They were arraigned in court yesterday, posted bail and will appear this afternoon.
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