20 years ago (2002)
At 10-years-old Brandy might be the main attraction at the Whitefish Golf Club. Visitors and members at the 18-hole course love to meet him. No, Brandy has never picked up a club. He's a golden retriever who goes to work every day with Jim Thompson, a starter and ranger at the club. He says, “Brandy has more friends here than I'll ever have.”
30 years ago (1992)
Brainerd's Teacher of the Year, John Ward, and teachers from C-I and Staples are among 29 semifinalists for Minn. Teacher of the Year. Ward is a Franklin Junior High teacher who helps students learn how to straighten out their lives by raising their self-esteem and making better choices.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Ted Burger, Minneapolis, recently caught this 40-13 muskie in Leech Lake. It is the largest muskie landed in Minnesota so far this fishing season. The fish measured 53-1/2 inches long and a 23-inch girth. He used a Burger Bros. Bucktail for bait.
60 years ago (1962)
The school board will decide by August 13 what it will do in regard to pay raises for six rural teachers who were taken into the district through consolidation. The teachers' attorney, Eleanor Nolan, asked the board to rescind the action that kept them on their former (lower) salaries, and move them to district salaries.
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) Know the Truth About Beef – Buy Armour's “Quality Branded” Beef! Beef Roast – Round Bone Cut – lb. 27 cents; Sirloin Steak or Swiss Steak – lb. 34 cents; Savory and Delicious Beef Chuck Steak – lb. 29 cents; Fresh Ground Beef – lb. 24 cents. Red Owl Super Markets.
100 years ago (1922)
A party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Miss Roselie Noll, all of International Falls, motored down from International Falls to Brainerd in nine hours and fifteen minutes and report the roads were the best they have ever seen. The distance by car is 258 miles.
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.