20 years ago (2002)
Four people were arrested at Lum Park Sunday after a minor car accident led to a fight involving 30-50 people. When police arrived they were overwhelmed by the crowd and two officers were injured, causing them to call for backup. One of those arrested called police racist, which Chief John Bolduc strongly disputed.
30 years ago (1992)
Sheriff's deputy Jim Peterson found more than he was looking for last night. A motorist said he had hit a deer on Hwy 371. Peterson found a dead doe and went into the woods to see if a fawn might be there. Suddenly a man leaped up and ran. Peterson tackled him three times before subduing him. Turns out he is an escapee from the N. Dakota State Penitentiary.
40 years ago (1982)
Junior Dave Ace hurled a one-hitter and the Warriors pounded Park Rapids 15-1 in five innings in the regular season finale. Ace aided his own efforts by getting three hits. The big inning for Brainerd was seven runs in the fourth, featuring a three-run triple by Tom Smith, who had 5 RBIs overall.
60 years ago (1962)
A vintage airplane, built in 1927, stopped in Brainerd this morning to refuel. It is a Ford tri-motor originally purchased by Northwest Airlines. It was later sold to a private party and transported to Hawaii by boat. It was at Hickham Field when the Japanese attacked in 1941, and was shot full of holes when Japanese strafed the field.
80 years ago (1942)
(Photo) Lt. Hortense McKay, Army nurse from Brainerd, is safe in Australia with the other nurses evacuated from the island of Corregidor. Army and Navy planes rescued them just as the island fell to the Japanese. Lt. McKay is shown here at left when she arrived in the Philippines on Feb. 20.
100 years ago (1922)
The Brainerd Country Club has its new mower, a horse drawn triplex, at work on the grounds. All grass will be mowed short. A five-ton roller is also in use. The ladies raised $250 at a recent social event and a temporary clubhouse will be built. A blind bogey tournament for the men and a putting contest for the women will be staged next week.
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.