20 years ago (2003)
Baxter city council members appear to be leaning toward the pursuit of a local sales tax, and they plan to discuss the matter with residents at the annual city town hall meeting. Mayor Gary Muehlhausen said he talked the matter over with local legislators, and he'd like to invite Brainerd and Nisswa into joining a sales tax district.
30 years ago (1993)
Gov. Arne Carlson and Atty. Gen. Skip Humphrey have teamed to take steps they feel warranted to protect child victims in Crow Wing County. Humphrey has filed a motion to act in place of county attorney Jack Graham in regard to two specific child abuse cases. Graham had declined to prosecute one of the cases and dismissed charges in the other.
40 years ago (1983)
Don't pay a parking ticket until you check with police. It might be a phony. One which was placed on a car at the Potlatch Mill was brought in. It looked official, but the number on it was higher than any issued by the city. Someone appears to have stolen a box of tickets sent by the printer, but before they arrived at the police department.
60 years ago (1963)
Based on a 1960 law that allows counties of less than 100,000 to levy $3,000 per year to support municipal courts, the city of Brainerd billed the county for $3,000. The county board passed a resolution to pay the bill. Problem is that Oscar Provost, board chair, refuses to sign the check, and says he won't even if the city sues the county.
80 years ago (1943)
A total of 11,358 gasoline ration books have been issued in the county, according to the Ration and Price Board. Of that total ,6,226 are “A” books and 1,424 are “B” books. The remainder are among six sub-groups. Statewide there are 617,000 “A” ration books and 100,000 “B” books.
100 years ago (1923)
The railroad strike at the NP Railroad shops has been called off today, the men having been out since last July 1. Rumors had been prevalent for several days that a decision would be reached soon. More than 600 men crowded into the large union hall at 11 a.m. A standing vote was taken, with only about 25 against stopping the strike.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore from the Cuyuna Range
9/46: Snowy train in 1922 Brainerd.
12/46: Paramount Theater in downtown Brainerd.
27/46: 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.
28/46: 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.
29/46: 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.
30/46: Downtown Brainerd, looking down Laurel Street at the South Sixth Street intesection. Brainerd City Hall is on the left.
31/46: The Northern Pacific Sanitarium in Brainerd.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department by Brainerd City Hall that was later used for the Senior Center. Dispatch archives
36/46: 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
37/46: 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.
38/46: 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.
39/46: 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.
40/46: 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.
41/46: 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.
42/46: Northern Pacific Railroad shops in Brainerd.
43/46: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
44/46: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
45/46: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.