20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) Seven construction workers were injured – two seriously – when the truss framework on which they were working collapsed. The accident happened near Walker at the construction site of a marine showroom being built for Larson Motor Service. About two-thirds of the roof trusses were erected when they went down in a “domino effect.”
30 years ago (1992)
The Brainerd Braves captured their second consecutive Victory League East title this weekend by winning three games. The Bees, who finished 12-1 in league play, beat Long Prairie 8-0 on Friday, the Brainerd Braves 3-2 on Saturday and finished with an 8-5 win over Pierz on Sunday.
40 years ago (1982)
Boxes of illegal fireworks and an unregistered handgun were found by sheriff's deputies during the consent search of a van. Owner of the van is a Faribault man who will make a court appearance tomorrow. The man is charge with selling fireworks without a permit. Capt. Dick Ross said the boxes of fireworks were worth $5,000 – largest capture made here.
60 years ago (1962)
Bob Odegard of Princeton has received the Republican endorsement to run for Congress from the newly realigned 6th District of Minnesota. Former Gov. C. Elmer Anderson, who had filed earlier, pulled his candidacy before the vote in order to promote party unity. Earlier critics of his filing praised his move.
80 years ago (1942)
Removal of game fish from rearing ponds in this area and planting them in the lakes of the region will begin in about three weeks, according to game and fish officials. There are 40 rearing ponds, with 31 devoted to walleyes. There are two ponds each for bass, crappie and sunfish.
100 years ago (1922)
Two makes of cigars will be on the market in a week or so. Herman Bakkila, with 14 years in the business, will make the LeSupremo, selling for 10 cents, and the White Rose, selling for 7 cents. A second brand will be made by Ed Hoffman, who has one type of cigar at 10 cents and another selling for 8 cents, or two for 15 cents.
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