20 years ago (2002)
Brainerd native Bill Wroolie observed the one-year anniversary ceremonies of the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon earlier today. “It's going to be a somber experience,” Wroolie said. He's there as national commander of the Order of the Purple Heart, a post the Vietnam vet was elected to last year.
30 years ago (1992)
Baxter asked MnDOT to lower the speed limit on Hwy 210 west from 55 mph to 45 mph for safety. So far it seems to be working. Baxter police say the average speed is down to 45-50 mph, though officers wrote 11 tickets there the first week and issued numerous warnings. No word on whether speeders are local or out of area.
40 years ago (1982)
Roberts Agency, which saw its once formidable lead slip away in the closing weeks of the Men's Twilight Golf League, claimed the second half championship at Brainerd Golf Course. Scoring six big points for the champs were Tom Brokmeier with a 38, Jack Fish with a 39 and Will Stoxen a 43. Rick Harms, Denny Martin and Vern Moore completed the Roberts lineup.
60 years ago (1962)
(Photo) Brainerd's 1962 golf champion, Georgia Benson, won three straight matches to capture the Pine Beach Women's title. She scored two of those wins over fellow Brainerd golfers – Arla Bollig and Beatsie Fieldman. Brainerd men's champ, Skeeto Peterson, won the Pine Beach men's First Flight title.
80 years ago (1942)
The proprietor of the Silver Castle short order stand at 7th Street South, was fined $25 by Judge Eleanor Nolan this morning after failing to obey the city blackout test. Wardens found a neon sign lighted at the shop. The owner said she had left an employee in charge and that she was out of town.
100 years ago (1922)
The school board meeting received a report that the addition to the Riverside School will be finished next week, none too soon to take care of some of the overflow of students. A temporary loan of $16,000 was taken out to pay August bills. There will need to be discussion quickly on what the tax levy shall be for the year.
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