20 years ago (2002)
In the District 6 Legion baseball tournament it didn't matter who was pitching for Brainerd. Six different pitchers combined to give up just one run total in its four games. In the final 6-0 win over Sauk Rapids, Drew Boland threw six innings and Joey Tautges pitched the seventh, as Brainerd moved to the state tournament for the first time since 1995.
30 years ago (1992)
(Adv.) Try the Channel Inn and Granny's Pub! Lakeside dining 7 days a week – and our Fantastic Sunday Brunch for just $6.95 – children half-price. Dance to “Silent Partner” in Granny's Pub – and enjoy Peel and Eat or Deep Fried Shrimp – 10 for $1.00. Channel Inn – On the Gull Lake Narrows.
40 years ago (1982)
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Roger Caldwell, the man convicted by a Brainerd jury of murdering a wealthy Duluth heiress, 83-year-old Elizabeth Congdon, and her nurse. The trial was moved from Duluth to Brainerd due to pre-trial publicity. Caldwell was married to Congdon's daughter, Marjorie.
60 years ago (1962)
No one stepped forward to take advantage of the offer of a free post office (just remove it in 30 days), so the city council has accepted a low bid of $2,940 to have it torn down. In other news, the county commissioners voted 3-2 not to give the city a 10 percent discount for paying cash, though the state AG had ruled they could.
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) We always have the “Low Prices!” Fresh Dressed Chickens – lb. 23 cents; While they last – Spare Ribs – lb. 16 cents; Good quality, small size Weiners – lb. 25 cents; First Cut Pork Chops – lb. 28 cents; Bacon Squares – lb. 17 cents; Lard – 2 lbs. for 29 cents. C. Thomas Stores – Brainerd.
100 years ago (1922)
A large crowd attended the regular Saturday night dance at Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake. The 164 couples took advantage of Delaney's four-piece orchestra from St. Paul, which made a big hit. Brainerd people made up a large part of the attendance, and the same band will play again Wednesday.
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