20 years ago (2002)
The DNR will begin culling deer near an Aitkin farm where an elk found with chronic wasting disease was found dead last week. Ten teams will assemble to hunt deer within a two-mile radius of the farm over five days. There are believed to be 200-300 deer in that 9-square mile area, but will consider it successful to shoot between 50 and 100 deer.
30 years ago (1992)
(Photo) Crew chief Russ Ebert of Lakeshore is shown discussing strategy with veteran racer Dick Trickle before the Miller 300 at the Minn. State Fair. Trickle and Ebert fought through two rain delays and were rewarded with a victory after running as far back as 19th. Trickle, backed by Ebert, also won the Miller 300 last year.
40 years ago (1982)
Judge Henry W. Longfellow, 67, died this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a retired county court judge. He had been a resident here since 1946 and was a veteran of WWII. A member of numerous organizations, he was a strong booster of Brainerd sports and was a football standout at Northwestern University.
60 years ago (1962)
(Adv.) Two big nights at the Gull Drive-In Theatre! Tonight, it's horror with “Doctor Blood's Coffin,” starring Kieron Moore and Hazel Court, plus “The Snake Woman,” as a teen-age beauty turns into a deadly reptile. Tomorrow, it's “The Naked Edge,” starring Gary Cooper and Deborah Kerr, plus “The Hoodlum Priest” with Don Murray.
80 years ago (1942)
The new teacher's training course in Brainerd schools will open next week at Washington High School. Final approval of the class of 14, all high rank graduates of their high schools, was received from the state. They will be a separate unit but will associate with the Junior College. Graduates will be able to teach at rural schools.
100 years ago (1922)
Ralph Russell, employed at the Brockway Grocery, lives at the lakes near Merrifield and drives to work each day. This morning his Hudson car crawled at just a few mph, so he took it to the Lively Garage. They found his carburetor was stuffed with acorns, placed there overnight by squirrels preparing for the coming winter.
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