Brainerd History | Historic Newspapers Disclaimer These historic newspapers are intended for the enjoyment of those persons interested in Brainerd history.
The City of Brainerd shall not be liable for any damages or claims that arise due to accuracy, availability,
use, or misuse of the information herein pursuant to MN Statutes 466.03 Subd 21.
The following microfilmed newspapers were digitized using the Brainerd Public Library's digital microfilm reader and are available in
Adobe PDF format (www.adobe.com). Each PDF file is about 7-8 Megabytes.
Brainerd Dispatch (weekly)
The earliest issue on microfilm is Vol II No. 33, published on August 2, 1883,
after N.H. Ingersoll and F.W. Wieland took over management of the Dispatch.
A stricken-through date (Dec 13) means that the issue was not microfilmed.
An italicized date (Apr 2) means that the date on the newspaper masthead is
not the usual publication date — it could be right, or it could be printer error
(it was published on Thursday through July 31, 1884 and Friday thereafter).
The last issue of the weekly Brainerd Dispatch was published May 4, 1932.
All issues through 1901 are on microfilm at the Brainerd Public Library and the Minnesota Historical Society†.
All issues from 1898 onward are on microfilm at the Crow Wing County Historical Society.
(†The microfilm starting with the Jan. 4 - Feb. 11, 1887 issues is damaged at the Brainerd Public Library - those issues were scanned from Minnesota Historical Society interlibrary loan microfilm.)
The first issue of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch was published June 3, 1901.
All issues are on microfilm at the Brainerd Public Library.
All issues from October 3, 1924 onward are on microfilm at the Crow Wing County Historical Society.
Brainerd Tribune Newspaper (weekly)
The following microfilmed newspapers were digitized using the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum's digital microfilm reader and are available as Adobe PDF format (www.adobe.com) files.
Most issues are 5-8 Megabytes each.
(More issues of the weekly Brainerd Tribune will be added as the scanning work progresses.)
The last issue of the weekly Brainerd Tribune was published July 18, 1946.
Most issues are available on microfilm at the Crow Wing County Historical Society and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Please note, however, that issues spanning the period from May 13, 1882, through February 26, 1887, did not survive and were not available to be microfilmed.
Credit: The contents of this page and the PDF files are provided courtesy of
John Van Essen.