20 years ago (2002)
Rebecca Yanisch, the state’s commissioner of commerce and economic development, says the wording of Potlatch’s sale of its printing division to Sappi Ltd. makes it difficult to sell the Brainerd plant. The factory specializes in the manufacture of coated paper, but it is precisely the paper that is prohibited from being manufactured in any sale of the factory.
30 years ago (1992)
Randy Terrio purchased Earl’s Furniture in Nisswa, a family business there for over 30 years. The store was started by Earl and “Sis” Svendsen in 1960, and was later taken over by his son Bill and his wife Joan. A gift shop that was added to the north part of the building will be retained and known as “Jo and Bill’s Gifts”.
40 years ago (1982)
(Pictured) A deeply moved Walt Stark, second from right, holds a plaque presented to him at the grand opening of the Walt Stark staging area in Pillsbury State Park. The officiant was Gov. Al Quie, left, joined by Les Sellnow and Ray Sellnow. They were all on a hike marking the 20and anniversary of hiking the Pillsbury Trails.
60 Years Ago (1962)
A wave of 10 grass fires made firefighters jump yesterday. Brainerd volunteers were called five times yesterday, and the forestry department as many times. The Brainerd Fire Department took the first call at 3:35 p.m. and covered the last call — at the dump — at 11 p.m. There is no relief in view of the dry weather.
80 years ago (1942)
The Civil Defense Rescue Committee yesterday collected six tons of paper from the city, according to Committee Chairman Don Freeman. A 16 ton wagon came out yesterday and another will come out next week. Collection of rags, rubber and scrap metal will begin next week.
100 years ago (1922)
The 30 new Americans who will be granted citizenship papers during this May term of the district court will not be without a warm welcome from the residents of Brainerd. There will be patriotic songs from high school students, an address from the judge and a reception at the courthouse sponsored by a host of civic organizations.
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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