20 years ago (2002)
Fred Haeg returned to his home in Pequot Lakes after what he described as “a few miles” on his 1990 Harley. The 67-year-old bachelor rode 6,000 miles across the western U.S., which is just a small part of the 100,000 miles he's logged in 11 years. And not just in the U.S.; he's also ridden across Europe and parts of N. Africa.
30 years ago (1992)
Baseball was Tim Trott's sport at Brainerd High School, and he led the Warrior regulars with a .389 batting average. Four years later he's playing golf with even more success, entering the San Diego Golf Academy with a 9-handicap and graduating with a plus-1.9. He nailed a rare double-eagle (hole-in-one on a par-4 hole) in helping his team win the Camp Pendleton Open.
40 years ago (1982)
Two bull riders were knocked out and the rodeo clown injured and taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital during the Johnny Inkslinger Rodeo on July 2. The clown was struck by the bull after he'd lured it away from a cowboy, then it rammed him several times. One bull rider was knocked out when struck by a horn, the other by a bull's back legs.
60 years ago (1962)
Last night the city council passed a resolution to sell $70,000 in bonds to purchase the old post office site on S. 6th Street from the county, remove the building and make it into a city parking lot. Parking meters will be installed, and revenue from the meters is expected to be sufficient to pay off the bonds.
80 years ago (1942)
William Van Essen, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Van Essen, will leave this weekend for Iowa where he will join the “Golden Gopher Flying Squadron.” Bill, a graduate of Brainerd junior college, was a member of the naval reserve while at the Univ. of Minn. He will take nine months training, with the final three at Pensacola, FL.
100 years ago (1922)
Brainerd was host to over 10,000 visitors on the Fourth of July, second day of its 50th Anniversary and homecoming celebration. The maze of traffic was so well handled by special traffic cops that there wasn't a single dented fender. The greatest Independence Day parade in our history – 1.5 miles long – featured four marching bands.
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.