20 years ago (2002)
After stumbling against Rainy River earlier in the day, and drawing a rebuke from their coach, the CLC Raider volleyball team roared back to pummel the College of St. Benedict 30-15, 30-13, 30-19 later in the day. Valerie Diedrich led the Raider offense with 16 kills and 10 digs.
30 years ago (1992)
Downtown merchants don't necessarily agree on a need for downtown parking, and definitely don't agree on how to finance a new parking lot. So, after an hour of discussion before the city council, the matter was referred back to committee. At issue is whether to turn the fire vacated site at S. 7th and Front Streets into a lot at a cost of $63,000.
40 years ago (1982)
City council members gave approval for construction of 14 townhouse units near Spruce Drive in south Brainerd. The developer, Ed Northway, plans to develop four two-unit homes and six individual homes on the property, which is near Northern Eye Center and Brainerd Medical Center. Prices are in the $80,000 range.
60 years ago (1962)
Held to just two first downs and only 15 plays in the first half, Duluth Central rallied behind their tank-sized fullback, Chet Anderson, and a couple of surprise players to beat the Warriors 14-6 at Duluth. Brainerd scored a TD in the first half but still trailed 7-6, as a fast senior ski star, playing his first football, outran the field for a Duluth TD.
80 years ago (1942)
Brainerd will experience its first war time “blackout” test tonight. The lights will go out at 10:30 p.m. and will stay darkened until 11:00 p.m. During the blackout, no lights will be permitted on streets, in homes or businesses and civilians on the streets will not be permitted to gather, cross streets or smoke.
100 years ago (1922)
An extraordinary occurrence took place downtown at noon today. A wagon and team of horses owned by a man in Crow Wing Twp. broke away from where it was parked on Front St., ran to 6th St. and turned south, where it was caught up in front of the Iron Exchange Bldg. In this day of motor vehicles, a runaway is a decided novelty.
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