20 years ago (2003)
The city of Brainerd will file a lawsuit against Peterson Towing for operating in violation of the city's zoning ordinance. The towing firm says that because it was operating before being annexed into the city, it was legally non-conforming. The city says that there were seven conditions on the permit issued in 1999, and the company wasn't following them.
30 years ago (1993)
You might call it the Dogged Pursuit Committee, or even the Retriever Retriever Committee. But what ever you call it, Mayor Jon Main wants a committee to study and improve Baxter's dog ordinance. Dogs are running loose and police don't have the time to chase them. Also, there are no penalties for repeat offenders.
40 years ago (1983)
Ernie Gosse, 63, might just be a pocket gopher's worst enemy in these parts. The retired farmer has been trapping the gophers since he was 12, when the bounty on gophers was 10 cents. And that's when going to a movie cost a nickel, says Gosse. County agent Jim Rabehl says Gosse's work especially helps alfalfa farmers, where gophers eat the roots.
60 years ago (1963)
There will be a hearing of the Minn. Municipal Commission at the county courthouse on June 14 to climax a drive by residents in a portion of Oak Lawn Twp. to establish a new village. To be called Rice Lake, the two-mile by six-mile plat would include Lum Park, the municipal airport and the state hospital. The city of Brainerd is opposed.
80 years ago (1943)
A group of 81 young men from Crow Wing County left Brainerd this morning for Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. There they will take their physical and entrance exams for induction into the U.S. Army. This is one of the larger groups sent in recent months.
100 years ago (1923)
Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush, the New York Yankee pitcher from Brainerd, looked to be in mid-season form as he led his team to a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics before a crowd of 35,000. Bush scattered eight hits, struck out seven and issued three walks. He also got a two-base hit.
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.