20 years ago (2002)
A Crosby man, age 28, is the motorcyclist who was killed in a chase trying to escape from police. He drove north on 6th St. at 80 mph when police tried to stop him. He fled around and through Gregory Park at high speed, then turned west on Washington St. before he ran into a police car in Baxter. He had had his license suspended several times.
30 years ago (1992)
Baxter Police arrested a Fort Ripley man, age 33, for attempted assault with a deadly weapon. He bought a 12-gauge shotgun and shells at the Kmart in the Westgate Mall, loaded it and walked down the mall to Midwest Vision. He said he was looking for “the blond-haired lady.” After searching the store and not finding her, he left. He was arrested a short time later.
40 years ago (1982)
What started as a need turned into a hobby for Robert Litzau, who builds furniture from aluminum cans. “I needed a dog house, so since I had plenty of cans I thought I'd just use them,” said Litzau. So far he's built picture frames, a stool and even a desk from cans, the latter needing 816 Coca-Cola cans.
60 years ago (1962)
Fred Larson tossed a four-hitter, striking out 10, and Bill Laumann, Bob Rofidal and Bob Dwyer provided the bat power as Brainerd's American Legion team overpowered Pine River 15-1. Laumann had three RBIs with a double and a prodigious triple that would have been out of Brainerd's ball park.
80 years ago (1942)
Camp Ripley will become a training facility for military police, according to an announcement from 6th District congressman Harold Knutson. The War Dept. said the program will start in August and will begin with one battalion of men, though Knutson said, “the number will be considerably increased.”
100 years ago (1922)
A bottle found floating in the Mississippi River carried a weather-scarred note saying that the writer would marry the girl that found the bottle. Since it was found by a group of young boys, there won't be a wedding.
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