20 years ago (2002)
Quinn Nystrom, 16, of Baxter, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 13. She knew about it because a younger brother had also been diagnosed with it. Today she is the National Youth Advocate for the disease and will spend the next year traveling the country raising dollars for research.
30 years ago (1992)
Country music star Lee Greenwood, whose patriotic ballad “God Bless the U.S.A.” became the unofficial anthem of the Persian Gulf War, will be in Brainerd next week to perform and sign autographs at Campvention, a week-long gathering at BIR that is expected to draw 2,000 families.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) We're the No. 1 Spot on Gull Lake – Spectacular View! Wow . . . What a deal - Three complete dinner specials: 10 oz. Bluebeard Burger, 6 oz. Sirloin or our Famous Ribs – only $3.95 (includes vegetable, salad, potatoes). The Quarterdeck at Pleasant Acres.
60 years ago (1962)
Young singing star Conway Twitty will perform with his 5-piece band at a dance at the Brainerd Armory tomorrow night. The event is being promoted by Bruce Dybvig, manager of Breezy Point Lodge. Twitty has performed on the Perry Como and Arthur Godfrey TV shows, and also on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
80 years ago (1942)
(Photo) This Tiger Muskie weighing 37-8 was caught in an unusual way by Dr. A. Raymond Waters on Trout Lake. Sitting in a boat by the dock he saw the muskie strike at a bass. He cast a spinner ahead of the fish, which then hit the spinner and towed him to deep water. A second boat pulled him back to shore where the muskie was landed.
100 years ago (1922)
Charles Burkman, 22, of Port Arthur, Canada, who started Oct. 4, 1921 to walk around the world, was in Brainerd yesterday, accompanied by his dog. He walks to earn a prize of $29,000. He has walked across Canada in 149 days, at a rate of 26 miles per day. His small wagon containing his supplies was stolen 5 miles from Brainerd.
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