20 years ago (2002)
Kenny Bernstein will blaze down BIR's drag strip in less than five seconds this weekend for his last time on the Brainerd track during the NHRA Nationals. He's retiring as a competitor after 30 seasons as a Top Fuel racer, but will be back in Brainerd next year, this time as team owner for his son, Brandon.
30 years ago (1992)
Requests for historical information on what waste products may have been deposited in the old Brainerd dump have gone out to 26 Brainerd area business firms and public entities. More firms will be contacted later. The Minn. PCA says the old dump is at the southern end of the Arboretum and has a rating of 38 on a scale of 0 – 100.
40 years ago (1982)
You and how many others live on Route 6? According to Postmaster Don Rasmussen, a mailing system with a house number and a street name would make great sense, and help folks pinpoint their location for guests. He's working hard to promote the proposed system, and a delighted Baxter is already halfway finished with its part of the program.
60 years ago (1962)
Brainerd police are still trying to determine who was driving a car that struck a 2-year-old girl in the Red Owl parking lot at 7:55 p.m. yesterday. Little Karen Imgrund suffered a gashed head and other cuts and bruises. Her mother was washing clothes in the Giant Wash when two boys came in carrying the bloody girl, saying they backed into her. They left. The girl was rushed to the hospital and is doing fine at home.
80 years ago (1942)
(Photo) Hungry, bearded and weary American heroes of Corregidor and Bataan after their surrender last spring are shown being guarded by grinning Japs as they are marched to prison camps. Soldiers of Brainerd's 194th Tank Battalion would be among these prisoners. This photo is one of the first to reach the U.S.
100 years ago (1922)
A $100 pearl, of the drop kind, was found near Brainerd by Lloyd Aultman, who is employed by Fred Boyer at his clam fishing camp on the Crow Wing River. Aultman was catching clams by hooking them on a line. When he removed the hook from one, the pearl popped out and fell into the boat.
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.