20 years ago (2002)
Arguments as to whether Potlatch Corp.'s sales agreement with Saapi violated state law were heard in a county courtroom this morning. Attorney general Mike Hatch sued the two companies, saying that the agreement was anti-competitive and asking that the non-compete clause be restrained.
30 years ago (1992)
Twins have a special bond, but Dr. Clark Zard, Brainerd dentist, had no inkling his identical twin brother, Mark, was in trouble yesterday. Also a dentist, Mark was kidnapped by a distraught patient who made him drive to his main office, before releasing him. The man then had a three-hour standoff with police before committing suicide.
40 years ago (1982)
Ethel Hess will be 105-years-old on May 23, and that's quite a milestone for a woman who came from Maine to Minnesota in a covered wagon as a child. As a youngster she used to help her father break horses. A widow for 30 years, and with both children deceased, Ethel lives with her daughter-in-law, Esther Hess.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Don Adamson, president of the Brainerd Lions Club, presents a $1,500 check to Mrs. Carl Maxe, chairman of the Camp Fire Girls Council. The money will be used by the council to build a fifth sleeping cabin at Camp Vanasek on Whipple Lake. There will also be enough money to purchase another canoe.
80 years ago (1942)
As part of a national effort to raise money for the USO, members of the Young Business Women's Club, dressed in formals, passed collection boxes through movie theater audiences for three days. They raised $221 for the organization that provides entertainment and recreation for our service men and women.
100 years ago (1922)
Late yesterday, before Judge Stanton at a special grand jury in district court, Ernest Brandt , 22, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the killing of his wife's father and grandmother. He was immediately sentenced to life imprisonment and will be taken to Stillwater Prison tomorrow by Sheriff Claus Theorin.
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