20 years ago (2002)
In the county's first contested race of the 2002 campaign, Deputy Eric Klang, 36, will challenge Sheriff Dick Ross for the top law enforcement post this fall. Klang is a graduate of Hibbing Community Collge law enforcement program and started his career with the Heartland Drug Task Force here.
30 years ago (1992)
BN Railroad employees in Brainerd this morning said they were still awaiting word on whether a railroad strike will be called at midnight tonight. The machinists union in Brainerd said that negotiations continued today. Main issue is they have been working without a contract for five years.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Terry Holm (right) and Kevin Stunek completed Grandma's Marathon in Duluth last weekend in times of 2:39.50 and 2:45.22 to lead a contingent of 17 local runners. Stunek got stomach cramps at 19 miles and Holm had leg cramps at 21 miles to slow them down.
60 years ago (1962)
Former Gov. C. Elmer Anderson said today he will seek the 6th District Congressional seat. He will file at 10 a.m. in the Sec. Of State's office but made no further comment. He is the fourth Republican to enter the GOP primary. Anderson served six terms as lieutenant governor and was governor from 1951 to 1955.
80 years ago (1942)
The Navy Relief fund drive that opened in Brainerd last week has already raised $600 of its $1,200 quota. The All-Star softball game last week was one of the fundraisers, drawing a crowd of 500 fans. Lt. Gov. C. Elmer Anderson, Brainerd, is chair of the drive.
100 years ago (1922)
Spruce trees were planted this afternoon around the summer office of the Chamber of Commerce at the corner of 6th and Laurel Streets. Tomorrow evening, Carl Wright and his committee will pick up a truckload of sod to place around the building, making it attractive before the 50th Celebration visitors arrive.
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