20 years ago (2002)
Glen Hasselberg and son, Derek, won the Brainerd Lakes Par-3 Tournament, but all the excitement was caused by Scott Schunter of Breezy Point, who scored the tournament's first hole-in-one in its three years. It was on Hole 2 of the Woods course at the Pines, set up for a 139-yard par 3. He was close on other shots, but this was in for $5,000.
30 years ago (1992)
Brainerd barefoot waterskiers John Linn and Chris Holmes competed in a regional tournament last weekend in Illinois. Linn competed in Men's Div. I, placing fourth in tricks and second in slalom to qualify for the national tournament in Florida in August. Holmes finished sixth in both tricks and slalom in the boys' division.
40 years ago (1982)
Eddie's of Brainerd won six straight games this past weekend for the championship of the 4th Annual Brainerd Slow-Pitch Softball Invitational. They beat Pauline's, also of Brainerd, for the title. Trailing 10-6 after six innings, Eddie's scored six in the top of the seventh and held on for the win.
60 years ago (1962)
Scoring six runs in the fifth inning for a 7-2 win, the Brainerd Braves made it two straight over Nisswa and finish 10-5 for the season for second place in the Great Central League. They will ask to postpone their opening playoff game since so many of their players are in the Legion tournament at Ironton tomorrow.
80 years ago (1942)
A farmer living on Little Horseshoe Lake faces a charge of selling liquor to Indians living on the Mille Lacs Lake reservation. Federal, state and county officials raided his home and confiscated 74 pints of home brew. Two Indians taken into custody have been released. The man appeared before Deputy U.S. Commissioner Eleanor Nolan today.
100 years ago (1922)
A most wonderful display of native fruit was brought to the Dispatch office by Mrs. Charles Call of Nisswa. It was a branch of raspberries on which there were buds, ripening fruit and luscious full grown raspberries of the “American Storm King” variety. Dispatch employees longed to eat up the display.
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