20 years ago (2002)
One person was arrested for assault and two men were hospitalized with broken bones after 12 men rushed into a house in SE Brainerd and attacked four men there. Police Chief John Bolduc expects several more men to be charged in what he says is an ongoing dispute between two groups, several of whom are CLC students.
30 years ago (1992)
Shelly Breen and Al Stier were honored last night as outstanding athletes – female and male – at the Warrior All-Sports Banquet. Breen was the first girl to score 1,000 points in basketball and captained her tennis, basketball and golf teams. Stier, transferred here as a soph, went on to play football, basketball and baseball.
40 years ago (1982)
Three sports stars Rob Veith and Ramona Rugloski were named Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the All-Sports Banquet at Brainerd High School. Rugloski currently competes on the track and has also played basketball and swimming. Veith participates in baseball and has also played in football and basketball.
60 Years Ago (1962)
(Adv.) Now playing at the Brainerd Theatre! A legend about the conquest of the West takes flight in heroic life. . . as two large stars appear together for the first time. It’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” by John Ford, starring James Stewart and John Wayne, starring Vera Miles, Lee Marvin and Andy Devine.
80 years ago (1942)
As the registration project expands to men in the 45-65 age bracket, Brainerd’s men numbering 1,741 have signed up over the past three days. Completed registration returns must be delivered to Al Mraz County Registration Board by noon tomorrow. A total of nearly 3,500 is expected.
100 years ago (1922)
Colonel Freeman Thorp d’Hubert, a well-known painter, addressed the Duluth students. He recounted his experience as a witness to Pres. Lincoln’s address in Gettysburg, where Thorp drew Lincoln and later made the famous painting that hangs in the US Senate. Lincoln later told him the charge of the 1st min. Regiment was the most notable battle charge in history.
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