20 years ago (2002)
Investigators have identified the probable cause of the wildfire south of Brainerd last week as being fireworks. They traced the origins to a spot on the Mississippi where fireworks were used, probably at a graduation party. The fire scorched 720 acres and burned eight structures, including two homes.
30 years ago (1992)
Area law enforcement officers, organized by Brainerd Police Sgt. Bruce Burke, will take part in the 1992 Torch Run for Special Olympics. The run will begin in Two Harbors. Area officers will relay the torch from Aitkin to Brainerd on June 15 in time for a lunch reception at the Sawmill Inn at 12:30.
40 years ago (1982)
Attempts to hire an executive assistant for the county board was temporarily suppressed yesterday by objections from commissioner Mary Koep. “I see nothing that convinces me that we need that position,” said Koep. “My concern is to cut dollars – this is adding them,” she said.
60 years ago (1962)
A final round of 74 put Brainerd JC's Chuck Chalberg out of contention and into a tie for eighth place in the National JC Golf Tournament in Illinois. The four-man Brainerd team did not place in team competition, but Pete Brandt received an award as “Most Congenial Clown.”
80 years ago (1942)
A Minneapolis couple was arrested here twice in one day on the same charge. They were picked up Saturday afternoon in Pequot Lakes for fighting and swearing in public. They were put in the county jail and released on bail. Less than an hour after being released, they were arrested for fighting and swearing at the bus depot on S. 6th Street.
100 years ago (1922)
The privately installed St. Colombo Telepone Co. line to Gull Lake has been converted to a Northwestern Bell line. It will carry five metallic circuits reaching all points on the lake. It uses six hundred new poles and cross-arms at a cost of $6,000. Drs. Thabes, Beise and Nicholson will have an independent line to their cottages.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore on the Cuyuna Range from the Kennedy Mine.
27/46: 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.
28/46: 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.
29/46: 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.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
36/46: 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
37/46: 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.
38/46: 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.
39/46: 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.
40/46: 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.
41/46: 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.
42/46: Brainerd Dispatch archives
43/46: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
44/46: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
45/46: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.