20 years ago (2002)
Two men robbed the Cub Foods store in northeast Brainerd yesterday. The suspects are two white men, one in his 20s, the other in his 30s. Police said they entered the store about 9:30 p.m., showed a pistol and escaped with an unknown amount of cash. No one was injured in the robbery.
30 years ago (1992)
Police Chief Frank Ball has formally requested the city council to hire two additional patrol officers. One hire would fill an opening caused when an officer was promoted to sergeant. The other would be a new position. Ball quoted statistics showing property crimes have increased 24 percent in four years, while domestics and assaults are up 38 percent.
40 years ago (1982)
A three-day nationwide railroad strike of locomotive engineers that had seen picket lines up in Staples yesterday, has now moved to Brainerd. Bob McGinnis, superintendent at the BN Railroad car shops here said the shops will close at 7 a.m. tomorrow unless a strike settlement is reached.
60 years ago (1962)
On the heels of a speech here by their national leader saying that Brainerd teachers are underpaid, the Brainerd Teachers Federation have asked the school board for raises ranging from $500 at the 4-year degree level, up to $900 more per year for teachers at the final step with a master's degree. All teachers in the system would receive at least $750 more under the proposal.
80 years ago (1942)
Under direction of the Brainerd USO, and with assistance from the Brainerd Service League and the Salvation Army, the new USO Center for men of the armed forces was thrown open to accommodate soldiers, sailors and marines in the Olson Bldg. on S. 6th Street. Soldiers from Camp Ripley are already using the center.
100 years ago (1922)
The city and school nurse has completed an inspection of all the children in the Brainerd schools in order to check on skin or contagious diseases. There were a few cases of impetigo and itch, but not as many as last year. Only five children have been excluded from class but 24 are being closely watched.
8/46: First shipment of iron ore on the Cuyuna Range from the Kennedy Mine.
27/46: 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.
28/46: 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.
29/46: 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.
35/46: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
36/46: 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
37/46: 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.
38/46: 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.
39/46: 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.
40/46: 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.
41/46: 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.
42/46: Brainerd Dispatch archives
43/46: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
44/46: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
45/46: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.