20 years ago (2002)
The Warrior boys' basketball team rallied from a 29-25 halftime deficit to defeat Sartell 56-48 in the opener for both teams. Jake Phillips led Brainerd with 17 points and dished out eight assists. Justin Mueller added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Derek Levno also scored 10 points.
30 years ago (1992)
The Brainerd boys hockey team used some advice from veteran goaltending coach Mike Hayes to edge Virginia 3-2 in their home opener. Troy Winegarner had a rough start last week, giving up four goals in 22 minutes. Hayes said “stay with Troy,” and the Warrior stopped 31 shots, including 16 in the third period, enroute to the 3-2 win.
40 years ago (1982)
The rift between the city council and Acting Police Chief Ken Bjerkness got even wider last night. Bjerkness, who contends he is the chief since he's headed the department for nearly four years, broadened his attacks to include two aldermen, the city clerk and a member of the Civil Service Commission, then left the meeting.
60 years ago (1962)
Brainerd police issued 648 citations for parking violations during the month of November, which netted the city $748 in fines. The police report shows one auto theft, 12 petty larceny and six grand larceny cases, two burglaries and one bicycle theft. Twenty-two auto accidents were logged, involving 42 cars.
80 years ago (1942)
The Adjutant General in Washington, DC has informed Anna Miller that her husband, Lt. Col E.B. Miller, commander of the 194th Tank Battalion, is a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines. There was no mention of other members of the unit. Mrs. Miller said the news was grim but at least she knows he is alive.
100 years ago (1922)
(Adv.) Don't miss our rapid-fire selling drive! Our whole store is ablaze with bargains, but look at these “One Hour” Specials: Tomorrow, from 9-10 a.m. only - all our large wool blankets, Reg. $11 and $12, just $6.50. From 10-11 a.m. only – our entire line of shirtwaists, Reg. $11 to $14, just $5. The Golden Rule Store.
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