20 years ago (2002)
Brainerd police continue to search for clues in the disappearance of Erika Dalquist, 21, missing since leaving a downtown bar on Oct. 30. She was in the company of a man and police are getting more detailed information on his description. Nothing is missing from her apartment in Northeast and no money has been taken from her financial accounts.
30 years ago (1992)
The Jim and Nedra Torfin family had a brush with a silent killer, but survived. After all family members, including their dog, felt dizzy and had terrible headaches, they got out of their house into the fresh air. Minnegasco found very high levels of carbon monoxide in their furnace and water heater. After five hours on oxygen at the hospital, they're OK.
40 years ago (1982)
Alexandria edged St. Cloud Tech to win the conference girl's swim meet, with Brainerd finishing in fourth place. Brainerd's best finish was Anne Monda, runner-up in the 200 free. She also took fourth in the 100 free. Lisa Spreiter's third-place ribbon in the 100 back was the Warriors next best finish.
60 years ago (1962)
Ten bucks and five does mark the hunting success of a party of 15, largely from Brainerd and Aitkin. In 1961, they filled out on opening day near Hill City, but this year it took them two days. Among the group are Pat and Francis Cummings, Fred Ferguson and Merv Welshons of Brainerd, and Dick Breen of Minneapolis.
80 years ago (1942)
The Mission post office closed its doors today for the last time after serving patrons for 41 years. They will now be served by Star Route deliveries out of Merrifield. Mrs. Myrtle Sabin, postmaster unassisted since 1914, said the decline in residents in that territory led to the closing.
100 years ago (1922)
In one of the biggest cases of the November term of court, the jury deliberated six hours before bringing in a sealed verdict for $20,000 in favor of Alfred Peterson against the NP Railway Co. Peterson had sued the railroad for $60,000 for losing a leg on the transfer table while working as a car repairer.
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