20 years ago (2002)
State officials have confirmed Minnesota's first case of chronic wasting disease. The always fatal brain disease was found in an elk on a farm owned by Clayton Lueck south of Aitkin. The five-year-old male tested positive after mysteriously dying Aug. 15. It was brought up from Stearns County. Lueck is voluntarily quarantining his 48-elk herd.
30 years ago (1992)
Thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic volunteers, a little light will be shed on Gregory Park tennis courts this fall. Brainerd Parks and Rec workers installed the Gregory lights last week as part of a project that will also light the park's skating rink, the baseball field at Memorial Park and the four tennis courts at Brainerd High School. Total cost is $82,000.
40 years ago (1982)
Fluoride won't be put back into Brainerd's water until the city gets a written ruling from the State Board of Health that fluoridation is required. The city's supply of fluoride ran out in June, and a new supply of 500 pounds – enough for 60 days – was received this month.
60 years ago (1962)
(Adv.) At the Gull Drive-In Theatre see Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Fred Astaire starring in “The Notorious Landlady.” At the Paramount Theatre it's Rock Hudson and Burl Ives in “The Spiral Road.” And at the Brainerd Theatre see Richard Beymer, Diane Baker and Eli Wallach in Hemingway's “Adventures of a Young Man.”
80 years ago (1942)
Four persons were given medical treatment and three are still hospitalized at St. Joseph's hospital suffering from food poisoning due to eating meat, said the attending physician. The meat was eaten at a party, the doctor said, and it was ham.
100 years ago (1922)
The baggage room at the train depot this morning looked like a small menagerie. A black bear cub had the center of attention, followed closely by a white Scotch collie pup and a deer head with a nice set of antlers. The bear cub was being sent to the fish and game department exhibit at the State Fair.
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