20 years ago (2003)
Who says 13 is an unlucky number? The Warrior baseball team scored 13 runs to win their 13th game of the season against Patrick Henry, 13-3. Brainerd bats came alive, rocking 16 hits, led by first baseman Chris Klabo, who went 4-for-4 with a grand slam in the third and driving in five runs.
30 years ago (1993)
Laura Adrian, 18, of Nisswa, has her head in the clouds – and that's a good thing. She's well on her way to the goal of becoming a professional pilot, having learned to fly long before high school graduation day and achieving her pilot's license and instrument ratings. She'll spend her summer refueling planes, checking oil and cleaning plane windshields.
40 years ago (1983)
The Minn. PCA's staff support of legislation to exempt BIR and other race tracks from state noise-control regulations has drawn both praise and criticism from local residents. The staff's support contradicts the MPCA board's legal action against BIR. A citizens group says staff caved in to pressure from AFL-CIO head Dave Roe, brother of BIR manager Dick Roe.
60 years ago (1963)
(Photo) An exclusive organization is the 700 Club of Brainerd which has enrolled only seven bowlers in the modern history of Lake Region and LaGuyal Lanes. They are: Warren Johnson, Crosby, and Don Benton, George Melin, Dan Vickerman, Dick Imgrund, Ken Smart and Andy Theisen, all of Brainerd.
80 years ago (1943)
Obred Dobrovich, a native of Yugoslavia, is one of 20 aliens who were accepted into citizenship yesterday with ceremonies in district court. But Dobrovich, who works at a mine in Crosby, already has a strong tie to the United States. He has six sons, and every one of them is serving in a branch of the U.S. military.
100 years ago (1923)
The Bethlehem Lutheran Church will give their third annual pike [walleye] supper on Friday, May 25. Gustav Halvorson will lead the band of men to the old fishing grounds on Mille Lacs Lake and Gull Lake. Carl Anderson is the chef in the kitchen, and Sam Engbretson will prepare the fish.
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.