20 years ago (2002)
The unbeaten and eighth-ranked Warriors worried about a letdown against St. Cloud Apollo. That was quickly dismissed as Brainerd rolled to a 35-0 win, gaining 379 yards while yielding just 117. The loss marked the 24th consecutive defeat for the struggling Apollo Eagles.
30 years ago (1992)
The Brainerd lakes area has a new claim to fame it could do without. It's now the northernmost spot in the state where Eurasian milfoil has been found, the bane of lakes everywhere. The DNR reports the plant was discovered last weekend in Hunter's Bay on southwest Bay Lake.
40 years ago (1982)
More than 400 anglers participated in the 8th Annual Northern Pike Tournament at Ron's Squaw Point on Gull Lake. Largest northern was 17-12 caught by Gary Rusch of Darwin, MN; second place went to Larry Bellefeuille, Merrifield at 17-7; and third to Ron Kristofferson, Brainerd at 15-14. There were 136 fish caught and 119 released.
60 years ago (1962)
(Adv.) Now at Club LaGuyal! Dancing every Saturday night to a Modern 5-piece Orchestra. Every Monday try our all-you-can eat Chicken Dinner – Family Style at just $1.50 per person. Friday, have an adventure in Sea Food eating. Thursday and Saturday: Prime Ribs of Beef - $3.00.
80 years ago (1942)
Ed Tom O'Brien, Brainerd Democratic candidate for congress in the recent primary election, was barred by the attorney general from participating in the general election because he didn't get 10% of the vote. He is now allowed to petition for a place on the ballot as an independent candidate.
100 years ago (1922)
In seeking a hay fever cure, Charles Saunders, St. Cloud, decided on a sojourn in the Brainerd lakes area. He left for Brainerd August 27 in his Chevrolet touring car and hasn't been seen or heard from since. He owns a sporting goods store in St. Cloud. His wife has grown uneasy about receiving no word.
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.