20 years ago (2002)
(Pictured) An emotional Curt Hansen, WWII veteran and former choir director at Brainerd High School, acknowledges the applause of 1,600 students and guests who listened as he spoke about the Day’s program veterans in the gym. He recounted his role as a Navy lieutenant during the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach, a topic he couldn’t talk about for 40 years.
30 years ago (1992)
Forty people have signed a petition against Pussy Willows, a topless nightclub north of Brainerd. The petition, read by county council members at a recent meeting, calls the facility “an inconvenience to the Brainerd Lakes region.”
40 years ago (1982)
The school board made it official yesterday, asking administrators to prepare a list of $400,000 budget cuts. The cuts will likely involve staff reductions and new fees for programs that were previously free. The cuts stem from lower state aid and enrollment, as well as increased spending.
60 Years Ago (1962)
(Pictured) This 181-pound male, shot on opening day near Brainerd, was the good fortune of Les Roberts, Jr., of Brainerd. It was the largest buck recorded in the first four hours of the Lassig’s Log Cabin deer contest, until Bennie Thrun, also of Brainerd, recorded a 218-pound buck at noon.
80 years ago (1942)
Registration for gasoline rationing will be done countywide on November 12 and 13. It will be conducted at Brainerd on both days from 3-8 p.m. by teachers from Whittier, Lowell, Lincoln, Harrison and Riverside schools. Registration will also be carried out in rural schools and schools in other cities.
100 years ago (1922)
A Studebaker saloon driven by Albert Beaumont of Brainerd was struck by an engine switch at the 8e Street crossing at 5:30 p.m. yesterday. The car was turned over several times and badly damaged. Beaumont says he didn’t see the switchman’s warning. He climbed into the front seat and smashed the rear window to get away unscathed.
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 Brainerd landmark, 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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