20 years ago (2002)
Upset over the possibility of losing trees to a sidewalk project, and of not being notified of options until three days ago, residents on N. 4th Street were invited to a city council meeting to voice their concerns. They did so, and the council listened, putting the project on hold until city staff meets with every property owner voicing concerns.
30 years ago (1992)
The championship claimed by T Juan's “A Team” in last weekend's Brainerd Slow-Pitch Softball Invitational was their sixth title of the summer. They have placed second three times. Leading hitters were Tony Mathison – eight homers and an .846 average, and Sterling Spicer – nine homers and a .680 average.
40 years ago (1982)
There were thefts at two Brainerd greenhouses yesterday. David Erickson, of Erickson's Greenhouse in Southeast, said thieves stole $350 worth of flowers and plants, entering through an open window. Johnston's Greenhouse in Northeast reported the theft of hanging baskets of flowers.
60 years ago (1962)
(Jim Wallace: Gopher Grapevine column) Bob Rofidal, Brainerd's three-sport standout, has just been awarded a full-ride baseball scholarship to the Univ. of Minnesota. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer Warrior. Bob is hitting .394 for the Legion team this summer and has been scouted by the Phillies, who also looked at Jerry Lyscio and Dale Brown.
80 years ago (1942)
The weekly band concert by the Brainerd Municipal Band will be held tonight on the school grounds at Riverside School in West Brainerd. It is the only concert to be held there this season. The Municipal Band is composed of members of the original city band, the regimental band and the high school band.
100 years ago (1922)
John Hoffbauer, who attended the Elks convention at Atlantic City, New Jersey, says he cannot believe the number of Brainerd people or people interested in Brainerd that he met during his travels. He only hopes he can reach all the people requesting to be remembered to someone else. He will write a number of travel sketches in the Dispatch.
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