20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) For most people, water skiing is just recreation or a fun way to spend a hot summer day. For Bridget Murphy, a 2001 Pequot Lakes grad, it's that and more. She's a member of the five-person Purdue Univ. women's water ski team, competing in slalom, trick and jump events. She set two school records and won the Midwest Regional tournament.
30 years ago (1992)
Among the thousands of summer visitors to the lakes area are two of the NFL's top kickers. Colts punter Rohn Stark, a Pine River grad, spends part of his summer here with family. Chip Lohmiller of Super Bowl champ Washington has a summer home on Trout Lake and has been named grand marshal of Brainerd's July 4th Parade.
40 years ago (1982)
A Minn. Supreme Court decision announced yesterday ruled that Aitkin County Court Judge Robert Graff did not have the authority to fire a probation officer. The court held that probation officers have collective bargaining rights under the Public Employees Labor Relations Act.
60 years ago (1962)
The city council last night decided that the center islands will remain on 8th Street after all. The move rescinded action taken previously to remove them as part of a street upgrade project. A delegation of more than 40 8th St. residents packed council chambers to point out removal of the islands would actually be a detriment to the street.
80 years ago (1942)
There were 612 youths registered for the draft the past two days, but one who refused to report for military service for June 6 has been arrested. A young worker at the NP railroad shops was arrested by Sheriff Roy Wickland and is being held in the county jail to be picked up by the FBI and taken to St. Paul.
100 years ago (1922)
T.H. “Tim” Brady, of 516 N. 9th Street, made his last run yesterday as an engineer for the Northern Pacific Railroad, capping a career of 56 years with the railroad. He came to Brainerd and entered service of the railroad when Brainerd was just a city of tents. The 79-year-old has an enviable record of never having injured a passenger.
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.