20 years ago (2002)
Some Minnesota cities might soon charge residents a fee to plow their roads or extract them from a vehicle in a crash. But so far that won't happen in Brainerd, Baxter or Crow Wing County. For the county, you are being charged for making copies of documents, and there is discussion on charging offenders a fee per day in jail, but that's it.
30 years ago (1992)
A 21-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after a high-speed chase on Hwy 210 east. Deputy Steve Merriman pursued a vehicle he had witnessed driving erratically and which had forced two vehicles onto the shoulder. The man lost control near the airport and was struck by the deputy's vehicle. He was charged with several offenses, including DUI.
40 years ago (1982)
If you're not a drag racing fan, you'll be in the minority this weekend as the Brainerd area plays host to between 40,000 and 60,000 drag enthusiasts over the three-day event. BIR officials expect this event – the North Star Nationals – to attract the largest attendance in track history.
60 years ago (1962)
Brainerd users of the Able Cable TV service will soon receive improved TV reception but it will cost them more, with monthly charges going from $3.75 to $4.50 per month. That will help the company pay for a new microwave system to be installed on its 500-foot tower that receives signals from stations in Duluth and the Twin Cities.
80 years ago (1942)
The school board last night rejected a plan to consolidate the Garfield and Lowell schools, and voted to continue classes unchanged next year. Kindergarten will also be retained. The board hired six new teachers but said they are still short three. There may be need for a tax increase to keep all these programs going.
100 years ago (1922)
Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush, the New York Yankees pitcher from Brainerd, won two games in two days against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched eight innings for the win Thursday, then relieved late in Friday's game which Babe Ruth won with a homer in the tenth inning. It was exactly a year ago when Bush, then pitching for Boston, had five RBIs to win his own game.
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