20 years ago (2002)
And the winning name is . . . Forestview Middle School. The school board approved the name yesterday and announced it at the ground-breaking. Four people submitted that name: Jacob Johnson from Riverside School, Lauren Makey from Baxter School, and adults Linda Koopman and Carmel Sipes.
30 years ago (1992)
The Warrior girls' cross-country team crushed the field at the Brainerd Invitational meet at the Paul Bunyan Arboretum. Brainerd took the top four places, with Turena Johnson leading the pack across the 3,200 meters in 12:31. Jamie Mueller followed in 12:54, with Jana Mathieu third and Jenny Frost fourth.
40 years ago (1982)
Tim Veith and Dale McCullough each scored a TD for Brainerd, but the Warriors came up short in a 13-12 loss to Cambridge. The reason was a tough defense and Cambridge's “mister everything,” Greg Johnson. He scored on a two-yard TD sneak and kicked field goals of 36 and 35 yards and an extra point.
60 years ago (1962)
Among the local young men enlisting in the armed forces from the Brainerd area were the following: Ron Alholm, 19, Brainerd, for regular Army; Gilbert Harris, 22, Pine River, combat engineers; Leonard and George Jungels, Pequot Lakes, U.S. Air Force; Martin Bisson and Keith Bowman, Brainerd, U.S. Air Force.
80 years ago (1942)
A young Chippewa Indian man of the Mille Lacs Reservation was released from federal custody in St. Paul after a grand jury found no evidence that he killed Ruby Kegg, a Chippewa girl, in April. The man was said by residents to be one of the best people on the reservation. He left today to begin service with the U.S. Army.
100 years ago (1922)
Men to replace striking railroad workers are arriving daily, according to an NP Railroad spokesman. The special train arriving at 8:30 each morning has brought in 25 to 45 new men per day for the past ten days. About 15 men daily become dissatisfied and leave.
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