20 years ago (2002)
A single word describes the volleyball match between the CLC Raiders and Vermillion: Intense. It took five games before a winner emerged, with CLC grinding out a 30-24, 27-30, 30-21, 29-31, 15-12 victory. Coach Jane Peterson said her team made too many mistakes, but they were being aggressive and weren't playing scared.
30 years ago (1992)
Rick Oseland says not long ago no one wanted to golf with him – he was that bad. Not anymore. He needed two extra holes to top Don Sandberg for the Brainerd Golf Club Men's title. The two men finished the two-day, 36 hole final tied at 153. Sandberg dropped a 30-foot putt to save the first playoff hole, but Oseland hit one tight on the second.
40 years ago (1982)
Fluoridation of Brainerd's water supply will resume Oct. 1 after the go-ahead was given by the Water and Light Board. The board rejected the city council's request that it be delayed until they studied a motion presented by attorney Jack Graham. That would mandate the city distribute a gallon of unfluoridated water daily to any citizen requesting it.
60 years ago (1962)
A man called Zane Smith at 1st National Bank to say his wife was kidnapped and Smith should put $5,000 in a storage locker at the NP Depot. The man had already called Smith's wife, saying don't answer the phone as work was being done on their line. Smith put the money in the locker and police staked it out. No one showed up.
80 years ago (1942)
Area residents will find themselves driving more slowly after Gov. Harold Stassen invokes the new 35 mph state speed limit – down from 45 mph now. The speed limit, prescribed by Joe Eastman, director of the U.S. Office of Defense Transportation, is set to go into effect in three days.
100 years ago (1922)
J.P. Anderson, superintendent of the local NP shops, says that strikers at South Tacoma are going back to work at the rate of 30 men per day, and all machinists have returned to work at Seattle. He urges Brainerd workers to do the same, lest the railroad take action to deprive the men of their pensions and pass privileges.
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