20 years ago (2002)
Four veteran Crow Wing County department heads were first-day filers for re-election today. Auditor Roy Luukkonen, Sheriff Dick Ross, County Treasurer Laureen Borden and County Recorder Kathy Ludenia all seek re-election. Borden and Ludenia both seek their fifth terms, Luukkonen seeks his fourth.
30 years ago (1992)
Three judges of the Minn. Court of Appeals will start a special session in Bemidji on July 8 with an appeal involving former Brainerd entertainer Steve Hall. Involved is a complicated double appeal arising from a dispute between Hall, the voice of TV puppet Shotgun Red, a Kansas City promoter and a Nashville maker of novelty items.
40 years ago (1982)
Darlene Palmer, women's athletic director at Brainerd Community College and a two-time women's city golf champion, had rounds of 43 and 45 for a gross score of 88 and a low net of 71 to win the Brainerd Ladies Golf Invitational. She beat Bernie Brown of St. Cloud by one stroke.
60 years ago (1962)
Lt. Gov. Karl Rolvaag last weekend spoke in dedication of Mt. Ski Gull, a new ski hill on the west shore of Gull Lake. Ground clearing for the hill and a proposed ski chalet have begun. The CAP amphibious duck, complete with a band and dancing girls, provided a speakers stand at the lake's edge. Pat Harris, Dallas, Texas, was crowned Miss Ski Gull.
80 years ago (1942)
With the blowing of the whistle at the NP Shops, and the ringing of church bells, the nation-wide sale of war bonds and war stamps by retail merchants started at noon today. The first stamps were sold to Mayor Frank Johnson by Mrs. Al Mraz, campaign chair. From noon til 12:15 no other business was conducted except bonds and stamps.
100 years ago (1922)
At exactly 10 a.m. today, NP Railroad shopmen – numbering about 1,250 men – laid down their tools and quit work. They formed in a body and marched down to the labor hall in the Iron Exchange building. They immediately held their first strike meeting and formed a publicity committee to keep the press informed of strike facts as the men see them.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore on the Cuyuna Range from the Kennedy Mine.
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.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department. 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: Brainerd Dispatch archives
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.