20 years ago (2002)
With six games in five days, the Warrior baseball team needed full games from its pitchers. Mike Zauhar responded with a 7-3 Game 1 win over Little Falls, with Drew Boland’s two-run double and Joey Tautge’s two-run homer breaking a 3-3 tie. In the 3-0 Game 2 victory, Kevin Mertens threw one two hits and struck out nine.
30 years ago (1992)
With three starters missing due to a choir trip, the Warrior softball team expected to continue a five-game losing streak. But Kristy Greenwalt, throwing her second career no-hitter, turned the game into a 5-2 win over Little Falls. Coach John Mathews said Greenwalt was mixing his pitches well.
40 years ago (1982)
Bob Larson of Larson Photography in Brainerd recently attended the Northern Lights Photography Convention in St. Paul. Two of his prints received national merit points in a four-state regional competition. The prints will be on display at the national convention in Las Vegas in July.
60 Years Ago (1962)
Coach Paul Vrudny’s Warrior Men’s Athletics Team won 10 first-place finishes in 14 events in a triangle meet against Aitkin and CI. Brainerd won every running event except the hurdles, and Carl Anderson continued his strong performance on the court, winning the discus with a 122-4 throw and the shot put with a 46-2 effort.
80 years ago (1942)
A total of 229 commercial sugar users enrolled at Washington High School and received their ration books. These users include wholesalers, retailers, resorts, churches, and clubs. Individual county residents in the north will enroll at Pequot Lakes High School, and from Brainerd in the south will enroll at Washington High School here.
100 years ago (1922)
Interesting news from Perry Lake mentions that the Little Pine Bridge near the McFarlan Farm was partially destroyed last week when a pulpwood jam was broken by local residents pushing the log drive towards Brainerd. Two piers and an abutment were removed, raising one end of the bridge five feet above the roadway.
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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