(Photo) Casey and Levi Christianson, of Nisswa, ages 11 and 12, were fishing with their dad, Mike, and some friends about eight miles out on Lake of the Woods when this monster northern took out all their line in just five seconds. It measured 42.5 inches and weighed 22 pounds. It will be mounted.
30 years ago (1992)
Marv Koep was 19 and newly married to Judy when they bought the Nisswa Bait and Tackle Shop. After 31 years of growing it into perhaps Minnesota's most famous bait store, and growing the Nisswa Guides League, they've sold it to Duke and Terry Fischer. Marv and Judy say it's time to go fishing.
40 years ago (1982)
Tom Isle, the newly-elected county DFL chair, said today that the county convention endorsed no one for the governor's seat. He said that a correct statement of what transpired is that the county delegates gave their support to Warren Spannaus but that the motion was tabled.
The Gull Lake Dam near Brainerd set the pace for the number of visitors during the past year with a total of 753,000, up slightly from the previous year. In second place among the Mississippi headwater dams was the Pine River Dam at Crosslake with 571,000 visitors.
80 years ago (1942)
(Photo) Clinton Harrison, 12, of Crosby, has decided there is truth in the saying “everything comes to he who waits.” He and his brother Danny have their own fish house on Serpent Lake where they spear. On the last day of the season, fishing alone, Clinton speared this monster, weighing 27-4 pounds.
100 years ago (1922)
Four hundred thousand big baked potatoes, weighing an average of two pounds each, have been served on NP Railroad dining cars in the past nine months, according to L.K. Owen, dining car superintendent. He said they were urging farmers of this area to continue raising the big spuds to continue making their dining cars famous.
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.