20 years ago (2002)
The disappearance of Erika Dalquist is national news. The 21-year-old Brainerd woman, who disappeared Oct. 30, has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, and newspapers in Boston and Pittsburgh. On cable news, the story aired on CNN and Fox News, among others. Three other youths from Minnesota and Wisconsin disappeared at the same time.
30 years ago (1992)
The legality of nude dancing continues to be a concern for the county council. Commissioners, prompted by continued complaints of topless dancing at the Pussy Willows nightclub, asked County Attorney Jack Graham to write an order to control topless dancing. After review, the board will decide whether to pursue the matter.
40 years ago (1982)
The County Board of Adjustment, in a convoluted motion last night, upheld an earlier decision to uphold another zoning agency’s decision on a land relocation permit. Indeed, the council refused the applicant Aubrey Kerr’s license twice. He had applied for a permit to move dirt over 600 feet of shoreline on Pelican Lake, but did the job before getting the permit.
60 Years Ago (1962)
The county’s only shooting accident during the recent deer hunting season occurred just an hour before the end of the season. A 15-year-old boy from Brainerd was shot in the right leg by his 16-year-old cousin. The two were hunting just northeast of the airport. They stopped to rest, and when a rifle was picked up, it discharged.
80 years ago (1942)
Tentative preparations are underway at Brainerd and county defense units for a nine-state blackout on the night of December 14. The half-hour blackout will affect rural areas as well as cities, said Frank Russell, Brainerd’s defense commander. Every farmhouse, small town, and crossroads store must comply. Heavy fines can be imposed on offenders.
100 years ago (1922)
The North-siders and the South-siders met on the battlefield at the gasworks football field. When the smoke had cleared, the North had won the day 24-0. The South team alleged that the referee’s poor eyesight cost them a TD. Olson was the brilliant quarterback in the North and Gould, the star QB in the South. There will be revenge.
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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