20 years ago (2002)
The county board has agreed to post bids for the Highway 371 rest area and visitor center at Fort Ripley Twp. The county has entered into a non-binding agreement with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, DNR, State Patrol and MnDOT for the center which will be built midway between the north and south lanes of Route 371, six miles south of Brainerd-Baxter.
30 years ago (1992)
Tourist season is welcome in this area, but an accidental tourist in northeast Brainerd was not. A one-year-old black bear wandered into a yard on 6th Avenue around 8:30 a.m. and climbed a tree. He then went to 5th Avenue and E Street, then climbed a tree on B Street. The bear was tranquilized and moved 75 miles away. He seemed happy as he ran through the woods.
40 years ago (1982)
Clarence Nelson was one of the first residents to move into the new Woodland Acres Health Care and Retirement Center on Buffalo Hills Lane in Brainerd. The facility offers supportive housing for seniors and has 60 apartments and an 80-bed retirement home.
60 Years Ago (1962)
The Wadena and Morris golfers were co-medalists in the region six golf tournament with 73 points. Among the seven golfers who qualified for the state tournament was James (Skeeto) Peterson with a 79. Freshman Mike Lund, of Brainerd missed the cut, shooting an 83 in his first regional tournament.
80 years ago (1942)
The 40 mph speed limit on Minnesota highways is here. Gov. Harold Stassen signed an executive order directing the directive to take effect on May 29. The proclamation comes at the request of the president. Roosevelt to save tires and gasoline for the war effort. Police and fire vehicles are exempt.
100 years ago (1922)
Harry Molgren, chairman of the American Legion Poppy Day Committee, said final arrangements have been made with the Legion auxiliaries for the Poppy Day sale. Brainerd Girls Volunteers expect to sell 3,000 poppies on the streets of Brainerd on Monday to honor the valiant men who fought and died in the Great War.
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.
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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.
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