20 years ago (2002)
It turns out that Paul Bunyan's arm wasn't vandalized at the Brainerd Chamber building. Two older teens from the Twin Cities were posing for a photo with the statue when the arm accidentally broke off. They immediately drove to the police station and waited an hour to report the accident. Rick Skogen and Connie Christiansen lead a repair effort.
30 years ago (1992)
One of the county's dead issues came back to life yesterday. A state building code administrator urged the county board to reconsider enactment of a building code. The last time the board did so – in March of 1980 – the people erupted and turned it down by a vote of 2,914 to 206, a huge margin of 14-to-1.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) Located in Your Vacationland – Nisswa! U.S. Choice Beef Sale: Porterhouse Steak – lb. $3.59; T-Bone Steak – lb. $3.49; Sirloin Steak – lb. $3.19; Boneless Round Steak – lb. $2.19; Boneless Sirloin Tip Steak – lb. $2.49; Lean Ground Beef – lb. $1.59. Schaefer's Model Market – Nisswa.
60 years ago (1962)
The annual ice cream social for Brainerd's Crazy Days was switched from the 1st Federal S&L parking lot due to rain. And the huge crowd at the Brainerd Armory swelled to 4,000 as the featured entertainment was Si Zentner and his 18-piece big band, now playing at Breezy Point Resort.
80 years ago (1942)
Third Ward alderman C.O. Halverson resigned from the city council July 20, but for the time being efforts to replace him have been unsuccessful. Two weeks ago the names of three candidates were put forward, but each received the votes of three aldermen. After five ballots last night the leader had five votes; six are required for election.
100 years ago (1922)
A nervy robbery was staged at the dental office of Dr. McGinn in the Iron Exchange Bldg. The other night a thief climbed through the transom and took the doctor's supply of gold, including gold fillings, gold dust and a completed bridge. McGinn alerted other dentists. One of them, Dr. Carlson, found he had been robbed, and also by climbing through the transom.
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.