20 years ago (2002)
The Central Lakes College softball team won two games yesterday to take home their first state title since 1985. The Raiders beat Riverland 12-2 in the winners bracket, then finished with a 12-1 victory over Itasca. Tara Storts, Melissa Gustafson, Fawn Kearney and Stacey Rousselange were named All-State.
30 years ago (1992)
Minnetonka and Roseville tied for the title while the Warrior girls were sixth in the Class AAA True Team state track meet. Brainerd had no winners. Placing second were Turena Johnson in the 3,200 meters, Jenny Johnson in the 110 high hurdles and Jennifer Imsande in the 300 low hurdles.
40 years ago (1982)
Kathy Borgwarth, former Warrior track star, took the Big 10 championship in the heptathlon with a conference record 5,318 points, as Wisconsin finished third to Michigan State and Michigan. She also took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, a race she feels she could have won had she not been in so many events.
60 years ago (1962)
The Warriors won their third out of five conference games in a 6-2 win over C-I as Mike Engelhart and Dale Brown combined for a five-hitter. Brainerd iced the game in the seventh on a walk followed by back-to-back triples by Bob Dwyer and Bob Rofidal, and Dale Brown unloading his second double of the game.
80 years ago (1942)
Theft of a leather jacket and blanket from Louis Bourassa was cleared with a confession and fines for two men. Clarence Dahl was fined $30.05 with $25 suspended on condition he leave Brainerd immediately and never return. His partner, Ken Ridgeway, was fined $9 for drunkenness.
100 years ago (1922)
Work was started today on the new Brainerd State Bank building to be erected on the southwest corner of 7th and Laurel Streets. It was originally planned for last spring but delayed for a year, with occupancy now hoped for prior to winter. The bank began only 14 years ago under the name of Security State Bank.
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