20 years ago (2002)
Piles of dirt, rebar and concrete behind the Brainerd Fire Hall show an expansion is underway. The former Glendenning Trucking building that the city used for storage was torn down to make way for a 2,400-square-foot addition to the fire hall at a cost of $250,000. It will include a six-stall garage.
30 years ago (1992)
Fall enrollment at Brainerd Community College has reached 1,856 students, an all-time high. BCC started with 12 students in 1938, was at 568 when Pres. Sally Ihne came to campus and was at 1,823 last year. The growth reflects more full-time students, and today 64 percent are 24 years and younger.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Mitch Tuomi, 25, doesn't really need skis to glide across Gull Lake. He does just as well with his bare feet. The Brainerd man began skiing at age 5 and started barefoot at age 13. He starts by laying in the water with his feet wrapped around the tow rope until the boat pulls him up. At right he's skiing barefoot on one foot.
60 years ago (1962)
Homer Whiting, area forester, said today that several shots were fired into the door of the building housing the radio transmitter on Ahern's Hill near Brainerd. He said one shot was fired against the lock on the door and two through the door, striking the metal cabinet housing the transmitter.
80 years ago (1942)
Crow Wing County farmers reported to be “going out of business because of upsets due to the war,” have sold from 35 to 40 farms already, according to the Minn. Farm Bureau. In Stearns County, 200 farms have been sold. “This is a situation bordering on catastrophe,” said a Farm Bureau spokesman.
100 years ago (1922)
The Brainerd Dispatch idea to try to expand the tourist season into September and October is meeting with support from area resorts. Capt. W.H. Fawcett of Breezy Point Lodge is heartily in favor and sent a check to add to the advertising fund that will try to place ads in major papers.
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.