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 11 months
LITTLE FALLS—A casual day trip for a hike at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in Little Falls turned into a surprising gourmet adventure. Despite a loose itinerary, the day was executed in style thanks to a visit to A.T. The Black & White located on First Street in downtown Little Falls. On a normal trip to Flyer country, a sporting event or a Pine Grove Zoo visit would be on the docket, but a dining experience was the goal and that's what was accomplished in this 1931 building that started as a hamburger shop, according to the restaurant's website.
PEQUOT LAKES—There was no power shortage Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Pequot Lakes Gymnasium. Unfortunately for the Patriots, it was the visiting Brainerd Warriors that generated the most en route to a 3-0 non-conference victory to push the Warriors' overall record to 14-5, while dropping Pequot to 11-5. Yes, Avery Eckman and Courtney Russell got their kills as the two varsity veterans combined for 29, but Brainerd's middle attack with junior Delaney Schaeffer and sophomore Karli Anderson was equally effective.
The bigger the game, the better Bailey Wynn plays. That's how Josh Hirschey, head coach of the Pine River-Backus Tigers volleyball team, described his senior middle hitter.
PEQUOT LAKES—Who says you need an offense? The Pequot Lakes Patriots didn't Friday, Sept. 7, as they used two interception returns for touchdowns and an 84-yard kickoff return for a score to defeat the Fergus Falls Otters 27-14 in a Midwest Red Subdistrict tilt. Pequot's offense accumulated just 158 total yards, while Fergus Falls tallied 387 yards of offense. But it was a bend-but-don't-break defense that kept Pequot close long enough for those big plays to pop.
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.