20 years ago (2002)
After hearing testimony from both sides, the county board unanimously adopted its first dog ordinance. It requires the dog to be on its owners property, obedient to voice command, in a vehicle or on a leash. Fines for violation can range up to $300. There were a number of rural people who said the new law wasn't needed, just common sense.
30 years ago (1992)
After discussing concerns about parking and trying to define how long is temporary, the city planning commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit for portable classrooms near Washington Middle School. Two portable buildings will accommodate four classrooms and will be placed on permanent foundations.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Harvey Shew, 63, is retiring as principal at Franklin Junior High after a 40-year career. He says he “started at the bottom” as a student and worked his way up to principal. He's taught about every possible course, coached a championship football team, and even took off three years to serve as a PT boat commander in WWII.
60 years ago (1962)
The Minn. Dept. of Education has turned down five proposed plats for school consolidation from this area. These include Pequot Lakes with Nisswa, and south Nisswa with Brainerd. The commissioner of education says there are a number of irregularities that need correcting before approvals can be given.
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) Remember – For Fun It's Bar Harbor! Opening for the season on May 29th. Dance to “Cec” Hurst and his 10- Piece Orchestra – with dancing every night. Engage our big 25-passenger Chris Craft Cruiser for boat trips. Also, it will bring your party to Bar Harbor from any resort on Gull Lake.
100 years ago (1922)
The bird house that has been on display at the Chamber of Commerce office was recently bought by the Brainerd Musical Club. They gave it to the park board to install in Gregory Park to house purple martins. The club will purchase similar bird houses for the park board to install in other parts of the city.
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