20 years ago (2002)
Deer being culled from the area around an Aitkin elk farm due to chronic wasting disease will not go to waste. Up to 10,000 pounds of venison from all deer that test negative will be distributed to food shelves through an agreement with Second Harvest. Cooperating landowners may also receive venison.
30 years ago (1992)
Butch Marquette, of St. Michael, won the 18th Annual Northern Pike Tournament at Ron's Squaw Point on Gull Lake, bringing in an 18-11 fish for the title. Larry Bellefeuille was second with a 15-7 northern. More than 225 anglers participated. The average fish weighed 9-8, and 74 of 76 northerns were released.
40 years ago (1982)
With Little Falls keying on Brainerd's ace running back Tim Veith, Warrior fullback Dale McCullough had a field day, running for 168 yards (all but three in the first half) and a pair of TDs as Brainerd beat the Flyers 24-0. Coach Ron Stolski praised his defense for the shutout.
60 years ago (1962)
(Adv.) Now showing at the Brainerd Theatre! See Haley Mills starring in the story about kids . . . but for everyone. “Whistle Down the Wind.” Also starring Bernard Lee and Alan Bates. A Richard Attenborough production. Don't miss the exciting first 10 minutes.
80 years ago (1942)
A crew of 35 additional men are employed at the NP Railroad shops here, according to Supt. John Vanni. This is due to additional repair work here as the entire railroad sees a rush of work. Two locomotives wrecked in a collision near St. Cloud are under reconstruction here.
100 years ago (1922)
NP Railroad Engine No. 1555 was taken out for a trial run this morning. This would not be news in normal times, but it is reported that this is the first big repair job turned out of the shops since the strike began, July 1. Part was was completed before the strike, but the rest was completed after.
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