My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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- 7 years 9 months
Only seven points separate Leah Pritchett from second place in the NHRA Top Fuel standings. If she dominates the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 17-19 like she did last year, those points will disappear almost as fast as Pritchett sped down the quarter-mile dragstrip at Brainerd International Raceway. Pritchett broke her own world record on her way to one of her four victories last year. While her record was later broken, it didn't hinder her path to the title.
Emily Israelson's name is still on the Augustana University women's golf roster despite graduating with her nursing degree almost two months ago. Eventually, her name will be taken down from the school's athletic website and a chapter of her young life will close. But what a chapter it was. In fact, Israelson's life story to this point has been spectacular and golf has played a big part in that.
EAST GULL LAKE—Food fusion. Seems like a funny term until you meet Wayd Lovaas, the new executive chef at Cragun's Resort in East Gull Lake. Lovaas has come full circle geographically speaking. Born in the lakes area, Lovaas later moved to St. Paul, but summered in the Sylvan Lake area. His first introduction to cooking came from his Grandmother Lovaas where the two would spend many weekends creating Sunday family dinners. As he grew older, Lovaas returned to the area to work with his Grandmother Duell and her food truck.
A small group of do-it-yourself chefs sat salivating Wednesday. Brian Plum and Flor Molero captivated elementary aged audience members and intrigued older learners during their inaugural cooking class at Lost Lake Lodge in Lake Shore. The subject: homemade pasta. The result: Too many "mmms" and "aahhs" to quote. The new husband and wife executive chef team of Plum and Molero at the small resort on the Gull Lake Narrows went over pasta making basics for one of their early attempts to connect with lakes area eaters.
Dressed in yellow to give fellow players fair warning he was coming, Preston Luman cruised to 141 holes of golf in one day. The Lake Shore resident was three holes shy of playing eight full rounds Friday, June 22, at The Vintage at Staples. He wasn't doing it out of boredom or on a dare. Luman was doing it for his wife and the many others that suffer from multiple sclerosis.
Brainerd will be three players short Tuesday, June 12, when the Class 3A state tournament is played at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. The Warriors were close to breaking the seal on a state tournament berth by finishing second to Alexandria for the Section 8-3A championship. Brainerd fell two strokes short. Being that close, however, meant the Warriors were able to send three individuals to state in Gavin Metz, Jack Evans and Erik Stoxen. Metz shot 73-77 for a second-place 150 in the Section 8-3A tournament at Rich Spring to advance to his third state tournament.
The 19th annual Mary Sundstrom Memorial Youth Golf and Tennis tournament is scheduled for July 11-12 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course and Courts in Coleraine. The golf tournament will be 9 a.m. July 11 with a shotgun start for boys and girls. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. It is an 18-hole stroke tournament with age groups of 12-14, 15-18 for boys and girls each. There will be a mite flight (ages 11 and under) that will play nine holes. There will also be a putting contest.
A chance occurrence has turned into a gold mine of success for Adelaide Hubbard. The Pequot Lakes Patriots senior was just fooling around during an early track and field meet at Bemidji State University. It was during her junior year and the Patriots were just concentrating on field events at the indoor event. Hubbard had competed in the high jump and long jump, but wanted to give triple jump a try. That's when gold struck.
When word of a high school player carding a 70 at The Quarry at Giants Ridge got out, it created quite the amazement. When it was discovered it was only his second time playing the course, and he was a sophomore, amazement turned to bewilderment. Brady Raph is responsible for the recent whirlwind of excitement. The Pine River-Backus Tigers boys golfer opened the two-day Northern Invite with a 79 and followed it with a 2-under-par 70 to win the tournament.
Sara Carlson is uncertain if she will compete in this weekend's Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon. Who can blame the 39-year-old mother of three after what she endured just getting to the 122nd Boston Marathon April 16? Carlson, who qualified for Boston at last May's Fargo Marathon, finished 12,787th overall with a 3:47.44. Rainy, cold weather prevented Carlson from reaching her goal of running her fastest marathon time, but there were other factors at play for Carlson.