20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) The pesky Thief River Falls softball team just wouldn't go away, but third-seeded Brainerd played tough defense behind the six strikeout pitching of Erin Donnelly to top the Prowlers 2-1 and win their opening game in the Class 3A Subsection. Sarah Johnson ripped a single to knock in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
30 years ago (1992)
Eva Mae Barker, 80, who got her high school diploma six years ago, will receive her degree tonight at Brainerd Community College, one of its oldest graduates ever. When a child, her family was poor and moved often, and with every move she lost ground in school, finally dropping out. To help her family during the Depression she cooked for $3 a week at a logging camp.
40 years ago (1982)
The county lost a crucial battle in its fight to halt a controversial public access on Round Lake when a district court denied its request for summary judgment against the DNR. The 1.4 acre site would include parking, a concrete boat ramp and toilets. The access has come under fire from the county board and residents.
60 years ago (1962)
A special meeting of the city council will be held May 28 to decide how much the city is willing to bid on the old post office building and corner lot at 6th and Maple Streets owned by the county. A large delegation from the Chamber last week asked the council to bid up to $50,000, a price far less per parking space than either Willmar or St. Cloud spent.
80 years ago (1942)
Building plans for the proposed manganese plant to be built on the Cuyuna Range will be completed and a contract for construction granted in another week, according to Carl Zapffe. He said that contracts for the ore are still in process. The huge size of the project is slowing things down.
100 years ago (1922)
A Brainerd man was arrested for speeding on the broad trunk highway near Milaca. Speed cops on motorcycles overhauled him on the country road when he was going 40 mph. A justice of the peace fined him $15 plus costs. The legal speed limit on country highways is 25 mph.
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