20 years ago (2002)
On ongoing investigation of a missing Brainerd woman states she was last seen leaving Tropical Nites Bar late on the evening of Oct. 30 walking with a young man. Erica Dalquist has not since made contact with her roommate or her family. Police have not ruled out the possibility of foul play.
30 years ago (1992)
The Brainerd football team started the season with just one returning starter, but by season's end the “no name” Warriors were playing for the Section 7AA title. Brainerd's defense was outstanding, holding undefeated Cambridge – averaging 43 points per game – to just 18 points, but it was enough to send Brainerd to an 18-12 loss.
40 years ago (1982)
An Aitkin man, age 21, was arrested yesterday morning after a high-speed chase through Brainerd in a stolen vehicle. Officer Larry Helsene began his pursuit just east of the Mississippi River bridge, continued east to Hwy 25, then east on Hwy 18 to the state hospital. The man then locked himself in the car before being removed.
60 years ago (1962)
Auditor Einer Anderson said guards may be standing watch over the padlocked county ballot boxes in the courthouse, as a dramatic race for governor goes down to the wire. Unofficial results show Gov. Elmer Andersen with 620,344 votes and his challenger, Lt.Gov. Karl Rolvaag, with 619,735.
80 years ago (1942)
Erv Anderson, proprietor of Bar Harbor night club on Gull Lake, is recovering in a S. Dakota hospital from gunshot wounds. His hunting party was returning from shooting at geese in a field when his brother, Art, also of Gull Lake, accidentally discharged his shotgun, striking Erv in the leg and breaking both bones. He is expected to make a full recovery.
100 years ago (1922)
About 15 public school superintendents and as many coaches from schools in the Brainerd district met here Nov. 6 to go over the basketball situation and to arrange a schedule of games for the coming season. Brainerd has nine games scheduled now, with two open dates to be filled.
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.