20 years ago (2002)
Rural Minnesota got whacked by the vetoes Gov. Jesse Ventura issued yesterday, said State Sen. Don Samuelson, of Brainerd. The cuts were vindictive and will harm the environment, he said. He especially pointed to the money earmarked for the Mille Lacs Lake wastewater project that area officials have worked on for 16 years.
30 years ago (1992)
Tom Ryan, 62, a principal in Brainerd's oldest law firm, died yesterday in Little Falls. “He was a bulldog in the courtroom,” said one of his partners, “he always looked out for his client first.” His grandfather, Michael, started the firm in 1903 and his father, Don, joined in 1925. Tom joined in 1964.
40 years ago (1982)
Tim Veith socked two home runs and had six RBIs in the Warriors 9-0 win at C-I. The left-handed hitting Veith parked a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth as Brainerd improved its record to 10-3 on the season. Scott Rosenberger pitched the win, with Dave Ace in relief.
60 years ago (1962)
Two Michigan couples in a Bonanza 4-passenger plane escaped injury today when they became lost in a flight from Ashland, Wisc. to Bemidji and were forced to land in a cow pasture near Trout Lake. Enroute to attend a funeral in Minot, ND, they were forced down by low clouds and damaged the prop upon landing.
80 years ago (1942)
Coach Ben Taylor is taking five boys to the state track meet tomorrow, all of them second place finishers at the region meet. They are: the 880 relay team of Mike Slaby, Tom Miller, Tom Enright and Jim Gardner; Mike Slaby in the 100-yard dash; and Pat Keith in the mile run.
100 years ago (1922)
This afternoon, a section man said to be Ludwig Larson, age 40, was accidentally struck by switch Engine No. 1030 while Larson was raking up cinders and cleaning up the railroad yard. He sustained a severe head injury. He was taken on a rail car to the depot and then by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital.
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