20 years ago (2002)
Residents on N. 4th Street got what they wanted from the city council, but it might be costly for a few. They managed to save some of their trees – only six are to be removed – but those who resist the project may have to replace sidewalks at their own cost. As one resident put it, it was time to move on as they'd been without a street for nine weeks.
30 years ago (1992)
Two Brainerd rookie drivers enjoyed big nights last weekend at North Central Speedway. First-year driver Nate Thiesse won his third straight Mini Stock feature race while Dan Yaunick posted heat and feature wins in the Super Stock division. Wayne Troseth of Princeton won the Modified feature.
40 years ago (1982)
A “work session” to study whether the city could save money by eliminating its engineering department and hire consultants, was held today. Former city engineer George Kriha said retainers and fees would cost about $9,750 a year compared to paying six full-time employees. Consulting fees would be on top of the retainers.
60 years ago (1962)
Simmy, a snuggling Siamese cat is missing seven of her nine lives. The pet of Penny Rae Smith, Brainerd, Simmy took a nap in the open suitcase of Penny's grandmother. Not seeing the cat, Grandma closed the suitcase and left for Rochester. When the luggage was opened, Simmy was sleeping under a bathrobe, 200 miles from home. She was safely returned.
80 years ago (1942)
A shipment of 3,000 old and broken phonograph records were shipped from Brainerd to “Fighting Men, Inc.” in Chicago where they will be sold for salvage. Proceeds will be used to buy new records for recreational use at Army and Navy training stations and ships. John Aiton, collection chairman, said collections will continue for four more days.
100 years ago (1922)
At George West's summer resort, “Birchdale,” his newly installed “chicken shack” is doing a tremendous business. Tourists and people from town are proving good customers, and the browned, deliciously flavored chickens are relished by all. His dining room has been enlarged.
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