20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) Joey Tautges welcomes Chris Klabo at home plate after after Klabo's walk-off home run in the eighth inning beat Bemidji 7-6. He also hit a two-run shot in the third; they were the first two homers of his varsity career. Brainerd now has home field advantage when they take on Fergus Falls in the third round of the Section 8, Class 3A tournament.
30 years ago (1992)
Frost on Memorial Day weekend? Yep. Roofs were white with frost at dawn in the Brainerd area and the official low was 32 degrees in Brainerd. The lowest reported temp was at Aitkin with 26 degrees. A lot of vacationers and cabin owners packed up early and left for home.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photos) The big walleyes are hitting. Michael Baker, Iowa, hooked this 12-1 walleye on a Lindy Rig and leech in 20 feet of water at Pelican Lake. Mark Knutson, N. St. Paul, also used a Lindy Rig and leech to hook this 11-2 walleye in 12 feet of water at Rush Lake over the weekend.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) students at Baxter School sing “The Star Spangled Banner” as the flag pole in front of the present school is slowly lowered to the ground by a crane. As the pole neared the ground, two students carefully removed the flag. The ceremony was part of the ground breaking at the site of the new school addition.
80 years ago (1942)
Army nurse Hortense McKay, Brainerd, with the American forces on the fortress island of Corregidor in the Philippines, was listed as “missing,” in a communication received by her parents. Her sister, Mrs. Lloyd Gilbert, said there were about 80 nurses on the island being attacked by the Japanese.
100 years ago (1922)
There is a new kind of Peeping Tom pulling stunts on the south side. The other night he took a ladder from a neighboring house and propped it against a house so he could gaze into a second floor bedroom. There were footprints around the base. Neighbors think they know who he is and are preparing an unwelcome greeting.
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