20 years ago (2002)
The school board has agreed to close open enrollment in grades seven and nine on the recommendation of Asst. Supt. Gary Phillips. This is the first time the district has ever closed open enrollment. The 594 students in Grade 7 and 593 in Grade 9 calculate to 30 students for every teacher.
30 years ago (1992)
Brainerd police figure that when a complete magic show disappears, it's time to look for the magician. When 75 ticket holders showed up for a magic show at Tornstrom Auditorium, they found it dark and locked. Tickets were sold as a supposed benefit for VIP-Kinship, but the charity had no knowledge of the show. Police are investigating.
40 years ago (1982)
Little Falls defeated the Warrior volleyball team yesterday by scores of 18-2, 18-4 in a conference matchup. Brainerd had problems with their serving game, failing to convert opportunities to score. The loss was the fourth in a row against conference foes, and powerful St. Cloud Tech comes to town tomorrow.
60 years ago (1962)
The county commissioners have named Chief Deputy Chuck Warnberg as county sheriff, to serve until whoever is elected on Nov. 6 takes office on January 7. Meanwhile, Carl Erickson, county attorney, says that it will require 500 eligible voters to sign a petition to place a name on the Nov. 6 ballot. Persons are reminded they may sign only one such petition.
80 years ago (1942)
(Photo) Tired and happy that she had accomplished delivery of a truckload of scrap metal to the weighing station during the Oct. 13 salvage campaign, Betty Spencer of the Brainerd Dispatch staff posed beside her truck. Betty was the only female truck driver in the group, driving a vehicle donated by the Standard Lumber Co.
100 years ago (1922)
County auditor C.W.Mahlum reports a land office business this season in small game licenses, with 1,850 already issued. Yesterday marked the opening of the partridge season which lasts six weeks. About 300 additional licenses were taken out for this type of hunter, and a number of hunters brought in a limit yesterday.
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