20 years ago (2002)
The Warrior girls’ softball team gave it their all, but fell short in their first appearance in the state’s Class 3A softball tournament. Chayci Rutz single in the bottom of 12e inning for the winning run as Prior Lake beat Brainerd 2-1. Erin Donnelly pitched all 12 innings for Brainerd, which left 15 runners on base.
30 years ago (1992)
A City Council committee has drawn up a plan for how it will proceed with the City Hall renovation project after bids got too high. They went through a long list of cuts to reduce the cost by $145,000 and agreed to spend an additional $130,000 to bring the final draft to $1.3 million.
40 years ago (1982)
Two Warrior baseball players have been named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team. Brainerd was 13-5 this season. Senior shortstop Rob Veith hit .460 and led the team in hits, 23 and 23 runs. Pitcher Bruce Bialka went 6-2, had a 1.51 ERA, allowed 29 hits in 51 innings and struck out 62.
60 Years Ago (1962)
After a first-round 73, Brainerd Junior College golfer Chuck Chalberg shot rounds 70 and 69 to advance to third place in the National Junior College tournament. His total of 212 is just three strokes behind a Texas golfer, with a final round today.
80 years ago (1942)
The Crow Wing County Red Cross Chapter received a thank you note from children in war-torn England who received gift packages sent to them recently. Included was a personal note from Mrs. Winston Churchill, wife of the Prime Minister. “I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” said Ms Churchill.
100 years ago (1922)
The Woodhead Motor Co. received a large shipment of Fords delivered by rail here yesterday. The company transported them from the depot to the Woodhead showrooms by stringing them behind a Fordson tractor, which carried them through the streets.
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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