20 years ago (2002)
In any sport, a hall of fame recognizes outstanding achievement. The Brainerd/Baxter Bowling Hall of Fame will induct two more members this year. Bill Svendsen carried the highest average for nine straight years and has twelve 700 series. Dennis Flanagan was bowler of the year twice, and has seventeen 700 series, the highest a 752.
30 years ago (1992)
The Warrior softball team survived a “walkathon” with Bemidji to win a 16-6 decision in five innings. Brainerd starter Amy Ward and reliever Kristy Greenwalt combined for a no-hitter. Brainerd and Bemidji pitchers issued a combined 31 walks. Brainerd coach John Mathews said, “It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.”
40 years ago (1982)
Firefighters and emergency personnel spent two anxious hours at Breezy Point Resort yesterday when a leak was found in a 1,000-gallon propane tank. Employees and customers were evacuated from the marina area while a gas company employee repaired the tank while knee-deep in propane. About 200 gallons escaped and evaporated.
60 years ago (1962)
Don Benton, already a member of the 700 Club here with a 733 series at LaGuyal Lanes last October, rolled a sparkling 736 series on games of 235, 279, 222. That beats his first series by just three pins, but it was also enough to knock off Warren Johnson's 735 series and become the new record for Brainerd lanes.
80 years ago (1942)
Pvt. Wesley Kerrigan, son of the William Kerrigans of West Brainerd, is in a hospital in Australia and “doing fine” according to a radio broadcast picked up in Louisiana and relayed here via letter to his folks. Kerrigan was wounded in the Philippines before it fell to the Japanese and he was evacuated.
100 years ago (1922)
There has been a great deal of discussion about placing a search light on top of the concrete water tower on 6th Street. A committee is now raising money with a deadline of May 20 in order to have it in operation by early July. Employees from the NP Railroad, M&I Railroad and Parker and Topping Foundry are leading the effort.
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