20 years ago (2002)
State budget constraints have prompted the Central Lakes College theatre department to sharply curtail the number of stage productions it offers for the next year, including scrapping the entire 2002 summer theater season. Budget constraints are hitting all state agencies, not just colleges.
30 years ago (1992)
The Warrior softball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning but fell just short as they lost 12-11 to Alexandria. Alex came out strong, leading 7-1 after two innings and Brainerd just couldn't make it back. Kim Tschida went 3-for-5 and scored three runs, while Kathy Woitalla and Amy Broneak each had three hits.
40 years ago (1982)
(Adv.) High Rate, Short Wait! Citizens' 91-day Investment Certificate combines an attractive return with a short term maturity. The current interest rate is 12.219%, good through May 3, 1982. The minimum investment is $7,500. Citizens State Bank of Brainerd – A Bremer Bank.
60 years ago (1962)
A debate tomorrow evening at the Pequot Lakes gym will feature both sides of the controversial Nisswa school consolidation issue. Two expert consultants will hear views expressed by four persons in favor of Nisswa consolidation with Pequot, and four who favor the south half of Nisswa joining Brainerd.
80 years ago (1942)
After an investigation by the FBI, authorities have ordered the arrest of a 37-year-old Indian from the Mille Lacs reservation. He will be brought to St. Paul on first degree murder charges in the slaying of Ruby Kegg, 17, an Indian girl who was attacked and strangled with her own belt and left on Hwy 169 near the Mille Lacs trading post.
100 years ago (1922)
At last night's city council meeting Ordinance No. 307 – the traffic ordinance – was given its first reading. It notes the proper instructions for signaling while driving an auto. When turning left at an intersection, hold your left arm out horizontally; when turning right, raise your forearm at right angle.
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