20 years ago (2002)
An area coalition argued before the city planning commission yesterday that superstores such as Target, Wal-Mart and Costco devastate communities by driving smaller stores out of business. They defined a superstore as one larger than 200,000 square feet, and are pushing for an ordinance to limit stores to 100,000 square feet.
30 years ago (1992)
(Adv.) Our Grand Opening! Kemps Ice Cream – ½ gal. $1.15; Morrell Hot Dogs – 10 pack 89 cents; Your Choice: Small Leeches, Scoop Crappie Minnows or Scoop of Fathead Minnows – 66 cents; Oak Grove Orange Juice – ½ gal. $1.29. Baxter Triangle 1-Stop – Hwy 371 N.
40 years ago (1982)
Brainerd High School junior Nina Borgwarth won the Class AA state track title in the 100-meter low hurdles in 14.40 seconds. Her sister, Kathy, won the title in 1978 in a state record 14.0 seconds. Nina also placed second in the 200 hurdles. The 1,600-meter boys' relay of Tim Link, Steve Karels, Jim Kramer and Mike Rudkin finished third.
60 years ago (1962)
Nine persons were injured in three car accidents yesterday and today, including seven in one crash when two cars met head-on in a crash at the junction of County Hwys 3 and 4 a mile north of Merrifield. Fortunately, only three remain in hospital for treatment.
80 years ago (1942)
Both Brainerd and the county began sending contributions to the nation rubber salvage campaign being run by the civilian defense council. Gas stations are collection points while two trucks haul the collected rubber. Some farmers brought in hundreds of pounds. Gas stations are allowed to pay one-cent per pound for the rubber.
100 years ago (1922)
The train up from St. Paul this afternoon had eight coaches. The two rear cars carried a large fishing party of M.B. Updike, publisher of the Omaha Bee, from Nebraska. There were 25 in the party making their annual trip to Walker, spending ten days fishing for walleyed pike on Leech Lake.
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