20 years ago (2003)
It wasn't until Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Rosenberg saw his parents, Greg and Margaret, at the Brainerd airport that he finally felt he was really home. Nick, 22, last saw his parents two years ago, and spent nearly ten months of that time aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln supporting the war on terror in the Persian Gulf.
30 years ago (1993)
Roy Luukkonen, county auditor, has ruled that the recall petition against county attorney Jack Graham has enough valid signatures and has forwarded it to the clerk of appellate courts. Graham insists that since names were added after the petition was initially rejected, the petition is dead, and petitioners must start over.
40 years ago (1983)
A host of buildings slated for the wrecking ball at the Burlington Northern Railroad Shop facility may have gotten a reprieve. Richard Smith has purchased the property south of the railroad tracks and has indicated he may be receptive to refurbishing the buildings and finding prospective tenants.
60 years ago (1963)
The teacher salary schedule for 1963-64, adopted by the school board on March 11, will stay in effect according to Carl Peterson. The Brainerd businessman was the neutral party chosen by a judge to join a three-person panel to resolve the salary dispute. The other two members were a union representative and a school board member.
80 years ago (1943)
Crow Wing and Morrison counties may be blocked from establishing a ferry across the Mississippi River above Little Falls because of a fault in a 1943 legislative act. The Minn. Attorney General pointed out that the law failed to provide for an employee to operate the ferry.
100 years ago (1923)
J.W. Koop will soon build on his site at the northeast corner of 7th and Laurel Streets. The J.C. Penney Co. has signed a 10-year lease on the building, which will measure 50 feet of frontage on 7th St. and 90 feet on Laurel. The Penney Co. will make Brainerd one of its large branch stores.
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.