20 years ago (2003)
In a vote that elicited groans from many of the 130 people attending the Baxter P&Z Committee meeting, members voted 3-2 not to recommend an environmental impact statement for the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter site. The Baxter council will vote on the issue of an EIS at its June 3 meeting.
30 years ago (1993)
One of three people charged in the death of a St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in a plea agreement. Lee Helton was originally charged with first-degree murder. Helton and the other two suspects, both women, ages 19, were all acquaintances of the murder victim.
40 years ago (1983)
Brainerd's Jim Caughey captured a championship in the 19 and under division of the state freestyle wrestling tournament in Minneapolis. Teammate Bob Waytashek finished third in the under 19 division. Both qualified for the Freestyle Junior Grand Nationals in Iowa in July.
60 years ago (1963)
Jerry Lyscio, Warrior pitcher, continued his sparkling play, throwing a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and just two walks in a 6-0 win over Little Falls. He helped his own cause by drilling a two-run homer into a stiff breeze. The win gave Brainerd another Central Six conference title.
80 years ago (1943)
The arrest of an Ironton miner, age 20, by officers of the FBI was anticipated by the county selective service board as a result of the man's refusal to report for military service on May 5. The man, Forrest Wilson, has termed himself a conscientious objector. He was given non-combatant status but still failed to report.
100 years ago (1923)
Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush, the Brainerd boy who is a star pitcher for the New York Yankees, was suspended yesterday by Ban Johnson, president of the American League, after Bush had words with Umpire Evans in St. Louis. Bush will meet with Johnson today, but the suspension will probably be five days.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore on the Cuyuna Range from the Kennedy Mine.
27/46: 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.
28/46: 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.
29/46: 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.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
36/46: 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
37/46: 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.
38/46: 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.
39/46: 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.
40/46: 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.
41/46: 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.
42/46: Brainerd Dispatch archives
43/46: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
44/46: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
45/46: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.