20 years ago (2002)
Erika Dalquist's disappearance is national news. The Brainerd woman, 21, who went missing Oct. 30 has been featured in the New York Times, L.A. Times as well as papers in Boston and Pittsburgh. On cable news the story has been on CNN and Fox News, among others. Three other young people in Minnesota and Wisconsin went missing at the same time.
30 years ago (1992)
The legality of nude dancing continues to be a concern for the county board. Commissioners, prompted by continued complaints of topless dancing at Pussy Willows night club, told county attorney Jack Graham to draw up an ordinance to control nude dancing. After review, the board will decide whether to pursue the issue.
40 years ago (1982)
The county board of adjustment, in a convoluted motion last night, upheld an earlier decision to uphold another zoning body's ruling on a dirt moving permit. In effect, the board denied applicant Aubrey Kerr's permit twice. He had asked for a permit to move dirt on 600 feet of shoreline on Pelican Lake, but did the work before getting the permit.
60 years ago (1962)
The county's only shooting accident during the recent deer hunting season came just one hour before the season ended. A 15-year-old Brainerd boy was shot in his right leg by his cousin, age 16. The two were hunting just northeast of the airport. They stopped to rest and, when one rifle was picked up, it discharged.
80 years ago (1942)
Tentative preparations are underway in Brainerd and county defense units for a nine-state blackout on the night of Dec. 14. The half-hour blackout will affect rural areas as well as cities, said Frank Russell, Brainerd defense commander. Every farm house, small town and crossroads store must comply. Heavy fines may be assessed to violators.
100 years ago (1922)
The North-siders and the South-siders met on the field of battle at the gas plant football field. When the smoke had cleared away, the North had won the day at a score of 24-0. The South team alleged that the referee's poor eyesight cost them a TD. Olson was the brilliant quarterback for the North, and Gould, star QB for the south. There will be a rematch.
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