20 years ago (2002)
What looked like a scrum was actually the Warrior softball team beating St. Cloud Apollo 8-2, 10-0 in a conference double header. Everyone played and contributed for Brainerd, who improved to 5-1 on aggregate. Coach Mike Zauhar said: “It was very important to have playing time for everyone.”
30 years ago (1992)
Arguing that his 1992 budget was capriciously and arbitrarily set, County Attorney Jack Graham argued in district court that his budget should be increased by $30,000. His request for 1992 was $282,000, but the board approved $252,000. Graham wants the extra money for staff merit increases, as well as some operating expenses.
40 years ago (1982)
A fire at a home east of Laurel Street, which killed a woman and her teenage son, is being investigated by authorities as a possible arson. The fire, which started at 7:30 p.m., was believed to have been started by an accelerant such as gas. Two other occupants of the house were able to escape the flames.
60 Years Ago (1962)
A rural resident of Brainerd’s attempt to burn down an old barn last night was nearly thwarted by local firefighters when a neighbor reported the blaze. Firefighters rushed to Mr. R. Welzant’s farm northwest of Brainerd, only to find he had obtained a permit to burn down the old building.
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) Locally produced dairy products! Fresh eggs – straight from the farm – doz. 25 cents; Fresh milk – one liter bottle – 10 cents; Farmer’s Co-op Butter – pound 37 cents; American mild Dixie cheese – 2 pounds 49 cents; Red Owl Supermarket – Brainerd.
100 years ago (1922)
The New York Yankees took three straight wins over the Washington Senators, winning another pitching battle 4-2. “Bullet Joe” Bush, who had been acquired from Boston, got the better of the rookie pitcher from Washington, allowing just two hits.
28/50: People in the waiting area of the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, 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. Dance 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: The state champion was that 1894 Brainerd amateur baseball team, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured are (front row) Frary, receiver; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, WP Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, yes; Warner, 2nd. Source: ‘Brainerd Minnesota 1871 – 1971’. Reprinted from the Centenary edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.
37/50: Brainerd Fire Department. Shipping Archive
38/50: WE Lively, the Maxwell car dealer, sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a 1911 Maxwell Mascotte Touring 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 the Silas Hall transfer line just after the First World War. It was used to transport goods from the NP (Northern Pacific Railroad) depot to city stores as well as for other types of moves. The photo was taken in front of the rail freight office. Before the truck, Silas Hal used horse and wagon teams 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: Brainerd’s 1916 police force, pictured here, included the following men: the plainclothes 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 in Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the headquarters of the Citizen’s State Bank, from 1909 until 1927, when the bank later moved to neighborhoods across the street. This photo was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 – 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
42/50: The “fill” field rink, located near Franklin Junior High School, winter 1938-1939. Source: “Out of the Woods, An Illustrated History of the Brainerd Lakes Region”, published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
43/50: People in the waiting area of the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, 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) (Picture) 15-year-old Robert Dobson is interested in how long he can keep a kite in the air. He launched a kite at 3pm yesterday near the courthouse and it is still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The meteorologist says there will still be wind today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
45/50: Brainerd Dispatch Archives
46/50: The State Hospital campus on Highway 18.
47/50: Santa Claus takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
48/50: Children crowd around Santa Claus during Christmas festivities in downtown Brainerd.
50/50: Brainerd Dispatch Archives