20 years ago (2002)
Shots were fired into the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Brainerd in the early hours yesterday. An employee drove by the building and saw the damage. Officials said that 9mm rounds were fired into the building, through the glass door and two windows, lodging in the walls and ceilings.
30 years ago (1992)
If an anonymous former key Reagan official is to be believed, Vietnam offered to free American POWs in return for U.S. foreign aid. But retired Gen. John Vessey, of Garrison, who served both Pres. Reagan and George H.W. Bush says he is very skeptical of such anonymous claims.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) Madden's Prime Rib Room! Featuring our specialty – Prime Ribs of Beef au Jus, plus a fine array of other entrees. Entrees from $6.95 to $14.95 – all served with baked Idaho potato and crisp salad. Plus, appetizers, dessert and cocktails. Nightly from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Madden Inn and Golf Club.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Naval Lt. Roger Nutting, formerly of Brainerd, is enroute to Monterey, Calif. where he will take post graduate courses for three years leading to a masters degree in ordinance engineering. Lt. Nutting, his wife and son are currently visiting his parents, Mayzie Nutting and Marv Nutting, both of Brainerd.
80 years ago (1942)
Members of a “One-Tire Fishing Club” from Kansas City are expected to arrive in Brainerd today. The group is formed by those who want to enjoy the outdoors in the Brainerd area but want to save rubber as well. Each member gives one tire from his car to the car of the person driving to Brainerd.
100 years ago (1922)
In the history of Gregory Park no such gathering of kids has ever been entertained as on July 6. In honor of Brainerd's 50th birthday, the children were treated with a parade, games, 4,000 packages of Crackerjack, 5,000 packages of gum, 4,500 ice cream cones and 4,000 “squawking balloons.”
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