20 years ago (2003)
A Baxter plan to extend Cypress Drive across Hwy 210 ran into a $3.5 million obstacle to move Dondelinger Chevrolet. The car dealership figures that sum is a fair buyout of their property to allow the extension. Cypress would cross the highway near Super One and affect Dondelinger, which had plans to expand on its site.
30 years ago (1993)
Edward Clapp, of Shoreview, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of a $442,519 bank fraud. Clapp was a former owner of Brainerd's BN Historic Site when it became part of the Brainerd International Trade Centre conspiracy and theft case. That resulted in three indictments at the federal level and seven at the county level.
40 years ago (1983)
A disappointed school board found out that old school buildings aren't worth what they used to be. Looking for ways to dispose of the closed Edison Elementary School, they found the $290,000 building is worth just $10,000. Supt. Bob Gross said selling the school for that amount would be hard to explain to the public.
60 years ago (1963)
Jerry Puetz, 5-year-old son of the Joe Puetz family of rural Brainerd, is suffering from what doctors say is a fatal case of cancer. His illness has brought a severe financial burden to his family. Friends are coordinating collection efforts – including cans placed in stores – to help ease the financial strain.
80 years ago (1943)
Tin can collections in the Brainerd salvage drive now total 30,000 pounds, according to the Civil Defense Office here. About 10,000 more pounds are needed to make up a full rail carload for shipment. Dispatch carrier boys picked up more than 800 pounds of fats and grease in their collection last Friday.
100 years ago (1923)
The latest transaction in local business circles is the purchase of the Louis Imgrund cigar factory, located over the Model Meat Market. The purchaser is G.H. Bakkila. He will continue his own brands: the “El Supremo” at ten cents, and the “King Five,” selling for a nickel. Imgrund's “Comodilla” and “Nemo” will also continue.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore from the Cuyuna Range
9/46: Snowy train in 1922 Brainerd.
12/46: Paramount Theater in downtown Brainerd.
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.
30/46: Downtown Brainerd, looking down Laurel Street at the South Sixth Street intesection. Brainerd City Hall is on the left.
31/46: The Northern Pacific Sanitarium in Brainerd.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department by Brainerd City Hall that was later used for the Senior Center. 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: Northern Pacific Railroad shops in Brainerd.
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.