20 years ago (2002)
Viola Swenson of Crosby doesn't like to stay home. She boarded the county transit bus to do some shopping in Brainerd today, the county system's first day of operation. Stu Tufford was another Crosby passenger. He no longer drives and says he can afford the trip several times a week - $4 round trip, Crosby to Brainerd.
30 years ago (1992)
(Photo) Rapid progress was reported on development of camping facilities on Big Island in Whitefish Lake. The county board was told that the management committee has established eight campsites on Big Island, and one each on Steamboat and Little Islands. All sites will have a privy.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) The 13th Annual Season of the Brainerd Community College Summer Theatre presents the mystery thriller . . . “Ladies in Retirement.” July 7 – 10 at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the air conditioned comfort in the Chalberg Theatre. Tickets are $3.50 – Seniors are $2.50. Reservations recommended.
60 years ago (1962)
A Brainerd woman, age 83, had plans to buy special $30 glasses to help her failing eyesight and special $65 shoes to help her crippled leg. But after leaving a grocery store with her granddaughter, she somehow lost her billfold with $132, her entire savings. Her only income is a monthly welfare check.
80 years ago (1942)
(Photo) This large pile containing 9 tons of scrap rubber was collected at the Riverview Service Station at 1st and Washington Streets. It's only one of several similar rubber collections made at service stations in Brainerd. The scrap rubber drive continues until July 10.
100 years ago (1922)
If the people of Brainerd fail to buy buttons which will help fund the 50th Anniversary Celebration, it won't be for fault of the Brainerd Lions Club. A truckload of them, many in costumes, went through the city today and will again tomorrow. They were singing, shouting, dancing and roaring – so buy a button from them.
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