20 years ago (2002)
All the Brainerd Legion team had to do was beat a team it had beaten twice this summer to earn top spot in the district tournament. Done. Brainerd scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings to top Little Falls 10-6. Kevin Mertens pitched a solid game, giving up four hits while striking out six.
30 years ago (1992)
The Heartland Animal Rescue Team got support – financially and philosophically – from the Baxter city council for its operations in that city. Trouble is, Baxter still doesn't know how it's going to get stray animals to the pound. HART has a commitment to purchase a building in north Baxter but there is no place now for unwanted pets or strays.
40 years ago (1982)
Barton Malow, a construction management firm from Minneapolis is used to big projects, with its most widely acclaimed endeavor the Humphrey Metrodome, which finished ahead of schedule and under budget. Their project in Brainerd is supervising building of a $12 million expansion of St. Joseph's Hospital.
60 years ago (1962)
James Carter, 40, an ex-convict, was shot and killed at 2 a.m. this morning in an attempted burglary at Johnson's Drug Store at the corner of 7th and Laurel Streets. Highway Patrolman Mel Dahlberg stood guard at one door when Police officer Frank Murray ordered the suspect to come out. When he ran, Murray fired twice, one shot striking Carter.
80 years ago (1942)
Brainerd and its trade area have contributed more than 200 tons of rubber to the 454,155 tons collected during the national salvage drive, according to an estimate. The state of Minnesota collected 16,400 tons for the war effort. Reclaim plants nationally process about 350,000 tons per year.
100 years ago (1922)
(Adv.) The Northern Pacific Railway Co. will employ men at these rates prescribed by the U.S. Railroad Labor Board: Machinists, Blacksmiths, Sheet Metal Workers and Electricians – 70 cents per hour. Helpers in all classes – 47 cents per hour. Rates are time and one-half for work beyond eight hours per day. Apply to the superintendent at any NP Railroad shop.
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