20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) Baxter kindergartner Morgan McKenzie, from Deerwood, couldn't do much to help her grandmother who died from cancer last year. But in her honor, Morgan, shown here with mother Jennifer, went to Fine Line Hair Design to donate 12 inches of her golden brown hair to Locks of Love, which makes hairpieces for children with cancer.
30 years ago (1992)
Brainerd High School grad Todd Revenig earned his eighth save of the season by retiring four batters as Huntsville won 7-6 over Knoxville in Class AA Southern League baseball. In 13 appearances, Revenig sports a 1.56 ERA and opponents are batting just .136 against him.
40 years ago (1982)
An elated coach Darlene Palmer said, “Those were the two best games of the year for us,” as her Brainerd Community College softball team stopped Crookston 12-2 and 13-3 for a trip to state. There were led by hard-hitting Tammi DeRosier who went 7-for-8. She hit .597 on the season, ranked second in the nation.
60 years ago (1962)
Area school elections showed East Gull Lake voting 94 to 8 to approve consolidation with the Brainerd district. Meanwhile, the Brainerd school board saw its largest voter turnout in ten years re-elect incumbent Ray Madison, who had been renominated by petition, and newcomer Mrs. L.O. Hart to the two open positions.
80 years ago (1942)
Brainerd's city engineer said it appears that nothing will be done to keep the municipal airport open at this time. Federal regulations require that the seven planes stored in the hangar here must be dismantled, with engines locked in a separate building for the duration of the war. All guards have been released.
100 years ago (1922)
A land clearing demonstration at the George McKay farm brought out an attendance of more than 1,500 people yesterday. They viewed brush mowers, stump pullers and big plow breakers. But the highlight of the day was blasting an entire acre of stumps with one shot. The explosive used was picric acid left over from the Great War.
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.