20 years ago (2002)
By day, Ike Isackson is a second-year student at CLC. At night he waits tables at Timberjack Steakhouse in Pequot Lakes. But the 21-year-old has dreams of being the next “American Idol.” He plans to travel to Detroit for the Oct. 21 open auditions for season two of the hit show. Kelly Clarkson, 20, was the winner of season one.
30 years ago (1992)
The owners of Pussy Willows nightclub asked the county attorney, sheriff and public to stop by and see before drawing conclusions about the topless dancing there. Sheriff Dick Ross wants an ordinance to shut down the dancing, but county attorney Jack Graham said the dancing is not against state law. Further restriction could bring a constitutional challenge.
40 years ago (1982)
A Brainerd resident made allegations to the county board that asst. county attorney Bob Kautz has done personal business – like attending auctions – on county time. He cited two occasions in the summer of 1981. Kautz, who is running for county judge, said he normally works 50 hours a week for the county, but it's not a 9-to-5 job. He called it “pure politics.”
60 years ago (1962)
Held scoreless in the first quarter, the Warriors made their hard-socking brand of football pay off thereafter in a 40-6 conference rout of Little Falls. Bob Dwyer and Jerry Lyscio each scored a pair of TDs, and the Brainerd defense stopped the Flyers until the very end, with Jim Borg and Chuck Johnson each covering a fumble.
80 years ago (1942)
An ordinance providing for a curfew is being written by the city council. It would likely restrict young people under age 16 from being on the streets after 10:15 p.m., unless involved in a school function. If such a curfew is passed, Supt. John Vanni of the NP Railroad shops said the shop whistle would sound curfew each night.
100 years ago (1922)
Dense fog and thick, acrid smoke from forest fires burning along the NP rail line between Brainerd and Duluth were the cause of a head-on collision near Kimberly. Passenger train No. 60 out of Brainerd shot around a curve and hit a freight train. The engines toppled over each other and four trainmen were injured, but no passengers were hurt.
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