20 years ago (2002)
As the Warrior gymnasts finished seventh in team competition at the state meet, freshman Kathleen Lorenz was having a great meet individually. She finished 10th in all-around with a school-record 37.85 points. Her best finish was a school-record 9.7 on the balance beam, placing her sixth.
30 years ago (1992)
(Photo) John Ward, a special education teacher at Franklin Junior High, has been named Brainerd Teacher of the Year. He's shown here in an animated pose as he gives his students examples of overcoming obstacles and other people's expectations, which he has done in his own life.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) Hard to believe, Hard to choose, Easy to swallow! You can pick any of these three dinners and the price is just $4.99. 21 Shrimp Dinner, Special Cut Filet of Sirloin Steak, or Seafood Platter. And all three come with our salad bar. Mr. Steak – 724 W. Washington Street – Brainerd.
60 years ago (1962)
Cloquet was 15-2 on the season – then they met Brainerd. They outhustled the Warriors in the first half and only trailed by six points. But Brainerd, led by Dale Brown, poured in 30 points in the third quarter and rode it to an 86-65 victory. Brown led with 25 points, Bill Laumann had 19, Bob Rofidal 17 and Russ Akre 13.
80 years ago (1942)
You may have to keep your old 12-gauge shotgun working for a long time. Brainerd store owners will have to abide by government orders that the sale of such guns is allowed only to federal, state or local governments for use by guards and for war factory protection. All sales to hunters have been banned.
100 years ago (1922)
Joe Durant, charged with selling liquor to a minor, pleaded guilty in district court before Judge McClenahan. He was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and a fine of $150. If the fine isn't paid, the culprit will have to serve another 50 days in jail.
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