20 years ago (2002)
The Baxter city council passed an ordinance permitting fireworks sales, then minutes later denied a request to sell fireworks. A church wanted to put up a 30 x 50-foot tent in the Wal-Mart parking lot to sell fireworks as a fundraiser. The planning commission approved the request but the council denied it, even after Wal-Mart adjusted parking stalls to accommodate it.
30 years ago (1992)
Numerous mailboxes were destroyed by vandals overnight last Sunday according to the sheriff's office. Mailboxes were found smashed on stretches of Oak Street, S. 7th Street, Beech Street, Two Mile Road and Red Pine Road near the Brainerd state hospital.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) The pickup shown here approached the junction of Hwys 210 and 371 when the brakes failed on the trailer it was towing. The truck – traveling southbound – took out two guard rail posts and several highway signs. Fortunately, there was only minor damage to the truck.
60 years ago (1962)
A small delegation of N. 8th Street residents argued stubbornly but unsuccessfully at the city council meeting to try to save the boulevard in the center of the street from destruction. The city argued it would make the street safer – if less beautiful. Because of state aid funds, property owners will be assessed just one dollar per foot.
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) June is Dairy Month! Fresh Country Butter – lb. 38 cents; Eggs – doz. 27 cents; Sweet Girl Cheese – 2 lb. loaf 50 cents; Spare Ribs – lb. 19 cents; Our Own Sliced Bacon – lb. 68 cents; U.S.W. Top-grade Beef Roast – lb. 27 cents; Ring Bologna – lb. 19 cents. National Food Stores.
100 years ago (1922)
Voters have been strongly in favor of bonding for improvements to the sewer running through the ravine from Brainerd to Northeast Brainerd. The current wooden sewer has mostly rotted away, allowing a wind to blow the stench to nearby homes, creating a smell for nearby baseball players and fans, and causing health issues for city and state officials.
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