20 years ago (2002)
Human remains found along the Crow Wing River north of Staples have been dated at more than 500 years old. Changing river levels and erosion exposed a skull and it was seen by canoeists. The Wadena sheriff's office has one missing person case and wanted to check it out. Carbon dating pegs it at 582 to 712 years old.
30 years ago (1992)
Exotic dancing in the county is headed for a legal challenge. Sheriff Dick Ross told the county board he has received complaints about topless dancing at Pussy Willows, a new nightspot on Hwy 371 North. “I've had many calls about it,” Ross said. He and county attorney Jack Graham are researching the law to prepare for drafting a proposed ordinance to control it, he said.
40 years ago (1982)
The Minn. Supreme Court may have written the last chapter in the controversy over former Police Chief Wayne Hasty by upholding the decision of a three-judge panel demoting him from police chief to patrolman. The events began in November, 1978 with grievances filed against him, and the council demoting him in August, 1979.
60 years ago (1962)
The Warriors, led by the smashing four-TD running of Jerry Chisholm, finally found their offense last night after three games with just a single TD. They topped Staples 47-26 with a strong fourth quarter after being tied 26-26 after three periods. Defensively, Brainerd held Staples to zero yards in that fourth period.
80 years ago (1942)
Service men who have not turned in their sugar ration books since entering the armed forces are warned to turn these books in immediately, by members of the Brainerd Ration Board. Families of men in the service are prohibited from using the books, and there is a penalty for violation.
100 years ago (1922)
Seafield Exploration Co. of Ironton has four men drilling for iron ore in Section 10-44-31 just northeast of Barrows and north of the old Barrows Mine. Resumption of drilling is hailed with joy by residents of Barrows, as well as of her sister city of Brainerd, four miles to the north.
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