20 years ago (2002)
They packed the East Gull Lake city hall and spilled out onto the porch as residents gave feedback to the city on whether to proceed with the proposed $6 million wastewater treatment project. Some residents said that approved septic systems were working just fine, while others said Gull and Sylvan Lakes needed more protection.
30 years ago (1992)
As tempting as it may be to go swimming on a hot summer day, it may not be good for a baseball pitcher. Dan Wise swam the day of Brainerd's Legion opener and gave up nine hits in six innings. Yesterday he rested up and tossed a three-hitter, striking out 10 and drove in four RBIs in an 8-0 win over Swanville.
40 years ago (1982)
Former Brainerd police officer Randall Bush was placed on leave from the St. Joseph, MN, police department in the wake of allegations of assault, illegal entry and improper detention of juveniles. In 1979 he was acquitted of one assault charge in Brainerd, with three other charges dropped in return for his resignation.
60 years ago (1962)
Burglars came away with between $500 and $1,000 in cash and merchandise in a break-in at Anderson's Cash Store. Owner Albin Anderson said this was the first burglary there in 40 years. The thieves broke the dial off the safe, taking several hundred dollars, and some of the more expensive boots.
80 years ago (1942)
Motorists in the county are observing the state's 40 mph speed law according to Capt. Neil Gordon of the State Highway Patrol. As a result, the number of serious auto accidents have practically vanished. There are a few speeding arrests, but on the whole motorists, including tourists, are doing their patriotic duty.
100 years ago (1922)
Brainerd ran Verndale off their feet yesterday and gave the potato town boys a whitewashing, winning 7 to 0. Brainerd got 10 hits off Miller, the former Park Rapids star. Soderlund for Brainerd had a no-hitter until the ninth when a pop fly behind second fell between three fielders. Molstad was the batting star, going 4-for-5.
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