20 years ago (2002)
Real hometown heroes are often humble. That describes Brainerd Police Sgt. Becky Putske, who saved six people – including three children – and the family dog from a house fire. On patrol at 4 a.m. Sunday, Putzke saw what looked like smoke coming from a duplex. She called in the fire, then rushed into the building and got everyone to safety.
30 years ago (1992)
Beth Hadland, Warrior Athlete of the Week, is a former diver now in her fourth year of swimming. After seven dual meets and two invitationals, the sophomore has accumulated eight individual first-place finishes and been a member of 13 winning Brainerd relays. Her events include the 100 fly and the 200 individual medley.
40 years ago (1982)
Now that former Brainerd police chief Wayne Hasty has lost his final appeal at the Minn. Supreme Court, the city council is considering a change to a public safety director in place of both police and fire chiefs. That change to the city charter would require a unanimous vote of the council or a referendum of the people.
60 years ago (1962)
Thieves broke into the Pequot Lakes High School over the weekend and made off with $500 cash from the safe. They entered by forcing a window, broke into the office and worked on the safe, breaking off the dial and hinges. The sheriff believes it is the work of an organized local gang that concentrates on schools.
80 years ago (1942)
Exceptionally good mid-season bowling form was shown last night when Joe Koering rolled the high single game and high series for the Classic League. His three games of 227, 245 and 202 totaled 674, best of the season. Koering bowls for the Sanitary Market team.
100 years ago (1922)
W.R. Celeslie, a transient back with two friends from working the Dakota harvest fields, was killed last night when run over by a train. His two friends hopped the Duluth freight at the 13th Street crossing, but Celeslie fell between two cars and his legs were severed. Both railroad guards and strike picketers came to his aid but the loss of blood was too great.
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