20 years ago (2003)
A horse being boarded at a location near Brainerd was infected with the state's first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year, the Minn. Board of Animal Health reported. The infected five-year-old pregnant mare became so ill that she had to be euthanized. The horse had not been vaccinated due to being pregnant.
30 years ago (1993)
Sen. Don Samuelson says it's safe to say the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area will become a reality following legislative action last night. A conference committee on natural resources approved the area as part of an omnibus bill that goes to a vote later this week. “It's as good as gold,” Samuelson said.
40 years ago (1983)
Brainerd's Jim Bedard, 36, is in for a full day of cooking tomorrow as he competes in the Minnesota Beef Cook-Off. The area real estate appraiser is one of two men among the 10 finalists. He also made the finals in 1981 when he was the only man competing. His dish will be a beef-stuffed pita pocket sandwich.
60 years ago (1963)
Lots of changes are coming to the Brainerd Country Club. The course is stretching to 18 holes with the addition of a new nine holes to the north of the clubhouse. And the dining room area of the clubhouse is being doubled in size.
80 years ago (1943)
The Brainerd Sportsmens Club has appealed to the new state conservation commissioner, Chester Wilson, to establish consistent lake levels and to remove rough fish from area lakes. Dog fish and carp are the major problem, and fishing results have improved after work on S. Long and Gull lakes.
100 years ago (1923)
Nine applicants took the oath of allegiance yesterday afternoon to become citizens of the United States. It took place in district court with Judge B.F. Wright presiding. The ceremony and patriotic music was managed by the local American Legion, and the Brainerd Elks served a lunch for new citizens and their families.
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.