20 years ago (2002)
About 40 Mississippi Horizons students were suspended May 16 after writing comments that were considered harassment of a student in a pass-around journal. Supt. Jerry Walseth believes this is the first case of a mass suspension, but says the schools have a zero tolerance policy. Most of those involved were male freshmen.
30 years ago (1992)
By a margin of 1,255 yes votes to 658 no votes, school district voters approved a $2.2 million referendum that will allow an addition to Garfield School and substantial renovation to Tornstrom Auditorium. Voters also returned school board incumbents Ruth Gmeinder for her second term and Jim Rabehl to his eighth.
40 years ago (1982)
School board incumbents Darlene Anderson and Fred Casey were overwhelmingly re-elected, beating newcomer Ross (Cowboy) Hardesty by a margin of better than 7 to 1. Only 6 percent of the 15,000 eligible voters turned out. In Garrison, where the board recently closed the school, Hardesty got 6 votes, Anderson 5 and Casey 2.
60 years ago (1962)
Little Falls' unbeaten status in conference baseball came to an end thanks to Brainerd's 1-0 victory, the Warriors scoring an unearned run and backed by a masterful no-hitter by ace Dale Brown. The game had to be called on account of darkness after six innings as Brainerd couldn't turn on the lights.
80 years ago (1942)
A city ordinance that requires loads of garbage to be covered when being hauled to the dump was ruled to be sufficient without amendment, and will now be enforced, said the city attorney. The council also discussed canceling state taxes on the airport since it has been forced to close due to wartime rules.
100 years ago (1922)
Fishermen of the Bethlehem Lutheran Men's Club caught walleyed pike at Mille Lacs Lake, which will furnish the foundation of the walleye supper at the church tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. In two evenings the fishermen caught 200 pounds of walleyed pike and assure us the bones have been carefully removed.
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