20 years ago (2002)
The experts in St. Cloud had all but conceded the District 6 Legion baseball title to Sauk Rapids, which scored 70 runs in six games through the semis of the tourney and pummeled its last two opponents 31-2. Then Brainerd hammered them 12-4 and became the favorite for the crown.
30 years ago (1992)
A Breezy Point man was arrested last week for bringing a controlled substance into the area via UPS. An informant had tipped local authorities who secured a search warrant. An undercover agent posing as a UPS driver delivered a three-foot long box which contained marijuana with a street value of $4,000.
40 years ago (1982)
Several drastic measures to cut the city's budget by 5 percent were considered yesterday – including dissolving the engineering department and setting up an all-volunteer fire department. Lastly, the city council committee briefly discussed cutting back from a 40-hour work week to a 36-hour week.
60 years ago (1962)
State Attorney General Miles Lord has ruled that the city council could earn a 10 percent discount from the county on purchase of the old post office site because it is paying cash. But the AG also ruled that the county cannot regulate the size of outboard motors or the speed of boats on county lakes.
80 years ago (1942)
The Swedish neutral ship S.S. Kanangoora scheduled to sail for Japanese territories with relief for American POWs will sail from San Francisco on Aug. 15. Packages of aid for the prisoners should not exceed eleven pounds. Any messages for prisoners must go to the censor's office in Chicago.
100 years ago (1922)
A number of youngsters, boys ranging in age from nine to twelve years, accompanied by numerous dog friends, filled Police Chief Varner's office this morning. They were called to account for bathing in the placid waters of the Mississippi near St. Joseph's Hospital without bathing costumes of any kind.
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