20 years ago (2002)
The county board got a little breather on the budget. County Auditor Roy Luukkonen told them he made a mistake when he calculated the proposed budget, saying budget requests came to $6.4 million; but in reality they are $5.3 million. That should make balancing the budget a bit easier going forward.
30 years ago (1992)
(Adv.) We're open daily at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 10 a.m.! Sunday: Lobster Dinner - $15.95; Tuesday: Alaskan King Crab - $15.95; Wednesday: Pan Fried Walleye - $8.95; Thursday: Garlic Broiled Shrimp - $11.50. Sunset Specials on Mondays – three meals at $7.95. Iven's on the Bay – Hwy 371 North.
40 years ago (1982)
A proposed trip to Los Angeles highlighted a school board committee meeting, as the Brainerd Kixters danceline group sought approval to compete in the “Miss Drill Team USA” competition. Cindy Clough, Kixter advisor, said the trip would involve 29 students at $499 each and run from Feb. 9-13. The board delayed action for now.
60 years ago (1962)
2nd Lt. Lawrence Karnowski, of Brainerd, has been awarded U.S. Air Force pilots wings following his graduation from training at Lackland AFB in Texas. Lt. Karnowski is graduate of Washington High School, Brainerd, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. His parents are the Joe Karnowskis of Brainerd.
80 years ago (1942)
The Japanese soldier, in the ranks, is opposed to the war. He feels that he is fighting a losing fight and does not ever expect to return home to Japan. Such is the opinion of Emma Noreen, Brainerd, who spent five years in Japanese occupied territory in China, and who for three months was a Japanese prisoner of war.
100 years ago (1922)
It is rumored that the million dollar contract for the new power plant at the NP Railroad shops is at last let, and that work will begin on this big project in the near future. The new plant would be built at the site of the old power plant, the car shop and the wheel house. It is thought the housing camps now being built would house the laborers.
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