20 years ago (2002)
More than 200 people jammed the city council chambers and adjacent hallways to listen and give input as the council discussed possible amendments to the adult use ordinance. Changes were considered after two groups inquired in March about opening adult-oriented businesses. They did not give proposed locations.
30 years ago (1992)
Every man has a story and a few will be retold as a group of former POWs holds its convention at Breezy Point Resort. Earl Miller was a top turret gunner in a B-17 shot down over Germany; Clarence Meinhardt was the only survivor in a B-25 shot down over North Africa; Orlo Natvig of Nisswa had his B-17 shot down over Germany in 1943.
40 years ago (1982)
A solo home run over the right-field fence by Bruce Bialka in the sixth inning proved the winner in a 2-1 victory over Willmar for the Warrior baseball team. It broke up a splendid pitcher's duel between Tim Martin and Willmar's Mark Olson. It was Brainerd's 21st consecutive conference win dating back to 1979.
60 years ago (1962)
The Brainerd Chamber will appear before the city council and ask them to place a bid of up to $50,000 for the old post office site to be used as a metered parking lot. Price would include the old building, which would have to be removed. The site would provide parking for 60 cars.
80 years ago (1942)
Gen. George C. Marshall, U.S. Army chief of staff, notified Gov. Harold Stassen that he was “forced to conclude” that the officers and men of a tank company from Brainerd were prisoners of war in the Philippines. He said Co. A of the 194th Tank Battalion “fought with distinction throughout the Philippine campaign.”
100 years ago (1922)
The driver for the Brainerd Bottling Co. dropped a tank of liquid carbonic gas off his truck at 6th and Front Streets and the nozzle broke off. The gas escaped with a roar and it sounded like a half dozen Fords blowing up all their tires at once. No one was hurt and there was no property damage.
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