Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
Brainerd area legislative candidates faced off Wednesday, Aug. 27, in a candidate forum centering on people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. The forum at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter, sponsored by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, gave candidates the opportunity to address issues related to how the state's dealing with people who are disabled and the agencies that serve them. Candidates who attended were state Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, and Republican candidate Josh Heintzeman of House District 10A; state Rep.
Win Borden, a former state senator whose career saw both great success and serious setbacks, died Monday, Jan. 20, at age 70. In recent years he lived, farmed and wrote from the 1929 wood-heated farmhouse he was raised in near Merrifield. Borden’s first win at the polls was in 1970, when the 26-year-old upset Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier of Little Falls, a true power in the Senate. “If you wanted to get anything done in the Senate, you had to go through Rosenmeier,” former DFL state lawmaker Don Samuelson recalled.