20 years ago (2002)
People may soon be flying into Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. The city council approved the name change upon recommendation of the airport commission as more clearly identifying the area. If the county board agrees, the name Brainerd-Crow Wing Regional Airport will be history.
30 years ago (1992)
In a case that had been contentious for decades, and the subject of a lawsuit for six years, Judge Bob Graff of Aitkin ruled that St. Colombo Road extends all the way to the water's edge of Gull Lake, and must be cleared of all obstructions. Owners of Gull Four Seasons Resort had contended it was theirs to use and was not public.
40 years ago (1982)
Actor-racer Paul Newman apprehensively met the press at BIR today, his first press conference in many years. Newman appears at ease on the screen, but was nervous here. “This is the first year I've done any interviews,” he said. “I do it for the tracks. They need all the help they can get.”
60 years ago (1962)
Two men, one from Minneapolis and the other from Chicago, are hospitalized with second-degree burns after their boat exploded on Bay Lake yesterday when they tried to start it. The 19-foot inboard had run out of gas and they had it towed to the dock and filled with 30 gallons of gas. They were jump starting the boat when it exploded.
80 years ago (1942)
Fifty years in the clerk of court's office in Crow Wing County! That's the record of W.A.M. Johnstone, who has been either deputy clerk of court, or clerk of court since Aug. 4, 1892 when he was appointed assistant. Johnstone, now 82, was elected to the job in 1898 and has been re-elected 11 times since.
100 years ago (1922)
It is quite a coincidence that two Brainerd dental offices should have been robbed of their gold on the same night last week, with the thief in both cases climbing through the transom. Then, on the next night, two Aitkin dentists suffered the same loss in the same way. Could it be the same thief in all four robberies?
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