20 years ago (2002)
It was an incredible Section 8, Class 5A final between two strong teams. Brainerd was unbeaten; Alexandria had one loss. Alex scored the first 28 points before the Warriors came roaring back. Alex led 31-21 with 3:05 to play, but Brainerd marched 80 yards for a TD to make it 31-28. An onside kick failed, leaving that as the final score.
30 years ago (1992)
“In my 25 years with the DNR, that was the best non-typical rack I've ever seen,” said Gary Johnson of the DNR. He was referring to an incredible 19-point buck weighing 220 pounds and taken by a Wisconsin hunter at Camp Ripley. The deer was one of 247 harvested in the archery hunt at the camp last weekend. The largest buck was a 224-pounder taken by Greg Kayfes of Deerwood.
40 years ago (1982)
A total of 15 cabin break-ins on N. Long Lake were believed solved by the arrest of three 17-year-old squirrel hunters by sheriff's deputies. A trapper spotted them at a break-in, followed their footprints to their residence and called in the tip. Authorities believe they have recovered all items that were stolen.
60 years ago (1962)
Earle Jenkins is running for his ninth term as the county's register of deeds. He was deputy in the office when the incumbent died and he was appointed to the job, and has served ever since. He was born in Brainerd but spent his boyhood in Jenkins, where both the city and the township are named after his late father.
80 years ago (1942)
Brainerd has experienced a patriotic Halloween. Police reported that not a single call was received during the night and no damage whatever was reported. Children trick-or-treated door to door for scrap metal and collected over two tons for the war effort. Children were rewarded with fruit and candy by the salvage committee.
100 years ago (1922)
John Murphy, of Pennsylvania, was picked up by local police and is being held for instructions from Fort Snelling. The soldier, of small stature enlisted about two weeks ago, then took French leave and started on a carousal which ended in Brainerd. Penalty for a first time AWOL is slight and he seems anxious to put this behind him.
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