20 years ago (2002)
Potlatch Corp. told employees yesterday that the Brainerd mill will officially close next Monday, May 13. Most of the mill's 616 employees will finish employment that day, though the mill will still make paper until close of business. A small crew will continue to ship finished inventory and stay on to shut down the mill.
30 years ago (1992)
Trevor Wood, a freshman from Brainerd, has been named MVP of the Milwaukee School of Engineering hockey team. The “Minnesota Connection” line of Wood, Eren Vargas and Tim Dawson accounted for half of MSOE's goals and assists. MSOE was 12-10-2 overall on the season.
40 years ago (1982)
Residents of Pine Hill Estates see a 12-bed group home as an intrusion on their quiet neighborhood. Lutheran Social Services sees it as a badly-needed option for the mentally retarded rather than state hospitals. The fact the area is zoned R2 (multi-family) means the home will be built, despite unanimous opposition from residents.
60 years ago (1962)
Fine team balance, with all five golfers ranging from 42 to 44, paced Warrior golfers to their second straight league triumph, this time on the Little Falls course. District 24 scoring now shows Brainerd with a 46.5 total, Little Falls 41.5, Wadena 28.5 and three more with lower scores.
80 years ago (1942)
Registration for sugar ration books during the official four-day period showed 17,224 issued at Ration Board 18-1 in Brainerd, and 10,550 at Board 18-2 in Crosby for a county total of 27, 774. Any person not in possession of an official ration book will not be able to purchase sugar.
100 years ago (1922)
Believed crazed by moonshine whiskey, and claiming his wife's family were keeping his wife from him, Ernest Brandt, 22, of Barrows, shot and killed his wife's father and grandmother and wounded his wife's grandfather. He also tried to kill Charles LaFavor but was captured by LaFavor and confessed to Sheriff Claus Theorin via telephone.
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