20 years ago (2002)
Brainerd will participate in funding a new airport runway, but city officials hope to change a system causing city residents pay more for the airport. The city council vote 6-1 to issue $2.5 million in bonds with the county for a new runway. The council majority says the bonding must go forward while a solution for the funding disparity is researched.
30 years ago (1992)
Gov. Arne Carlson flew into the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport at 2 p.m. yesterday, and at 2:30 p.m. he was speaking to dedication ceremonies of the Trus Joist MacMillan wood products plant near Deerwood. “There is a lot wrong with Minnesota,” Carlson said, “but this is one of the things that is right.”
40 years ago (1982)
The sum of $750,000 may seem like a lot of money, but it's not that high a price to save a life. That's why St. Joseph's Hospital bought a CAT Scanner that will be in operation next week. It is especially valuable in car accidents where there are head injuries, and the scan can detect injuries within the skull.
60 years ago (1962)
It may be the youngest baseball battery in the Great Central League, but Brainerd High School junior Jerry Lyscio on the mound and senior Bob Rofidal as catcher gave the Braves an opening day 3-2 win over Little Falls. Lyscio was tagged for 10 hits but struck out nine, and Rofidal drilled a two-run single in the fifth.
80 years ago (1942)
Miss Hortense McKay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McKay of Oak Lawn Twp. is believed to be one of the 68 nurses on the island of Corregidor, which fell to the Japanese after a 27-day battle. She left Brainerd at Christmas in 1940 for the Philippines and is known to have been on Bataan as recently as February 5.
100 years ago (1922)
John Ley, who has been compiling Brainerd directories for the past 21 years, started work on his 12th volume to date, effective May 22. His force is taking 10 weeks to canvass the town and he is very thorough in getting the name of everyone over 18 years, plus spelling it correctly. Be sure to cooperate when called upon.
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.