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The top two women's teams in Brainerd's Upper Division slow-pitch league faced off on a warm night at the Mill Avenue softball fields on Monday, July 27. In the end, the Schroeder's Appliance team held on for a 15-10 victory over Shep's Bar.
The Nisswa Lightning defeated the visiting Fort Ripley Rebels twice on Sunday, July 26, to win the Victory League North Division playoff title. Nisswa rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the first game 5-4, and force an extra game to decide the league playoff champion and a better seed for the Region 8C tournament. The Lightning then edged the Rebels 6-5 in the second game. Nisswa, 26-3 overall, will play the Pierz Brewers in the eight-team region tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, in Pierz. "We haven't played Pierz this season," said Lightning coach Aaron Jenkins.
Cassie Carey is a perfect fit for her job as coordinator of Crow Wing Energized. First, Carey is back home working in the lakes area where she is familiar as a 1999 Pequot Lakes High School graduate. Second, her role with Crow Wing Energized allows her to promote health and wellness, which is something she has been passionate about as a former Patriot athlete and current Central Lakes College women's basketball coach. "It's fun to come back home and run into a lot of educators and coaches who are still (at Pequot Lakes)," said Carey, who moved away for college and later coached in Alaska.
The Crosslake/Fifty Lakes/Pequot Lakes American Legion baseball team will be heading to the District 6, Division II tournament after rallying past defending subdistrict champion Pierz 11-5 on Thursday, July 16. Austin Mesenbrink was 4-for-4 with 4 RBI in Thursday's subdistict final to help Crosslake/FL/PL advance to the district tournament Thursday through Saturday, July 23-25, in Park Rapids. "This was one of the most exciting games that I've been apart of ...
The widespread storm that tore through the Brainerd lakes area Sunday night, July 12, caused extensive damage to homes, vehicles, boats and docks and leveled thousands of trees. Amidst the sad stories of property damage and some families living almost a week without power were stories that showed the true spirit and great attitude of our residents and visitors. Many worked long days in hot and humid conditions to help with the area recovery from extensive storm damage.
Gov. Mark Dayton, left, is joined by congressman Rick Nolan and state senator Carrie Ruud at a press conference Friday in Nisswa after the governor toured the storm damage in...
The national media often travels around covering events like storm damage or major fires. After completing their work, those news teams leave a community and move to the next big story. But small daily and weekly newspaper reporters remain in their communities when big stories happen. And sometimes they're affected by the stories they're covering. A good example was Sunday night's storm that passed through the Brainerd lakes area.
Storms that passed through the Brainerd lakes area Sunday night did extensive damage in the Brainerd International Raceway facility. But future weekend events will not be postponed, including the 34th...
Hard work has paid off for three youth from the Pine River and Backus areas who will be advancing to the National High School Rodeo Association competition July 12-18 in Rock Springs, Wyo. Cora Borman, Shawn Brandon, Austin Jelen-Kozelka qualified for nationals through recent Minnesota High School Rodeo Association competition as members of the Pine River-Backus High School team. All three practice their rodeo skills for long hours pretty much on a daily basis in preparation for the nationals, which is expected to attract around 1,100 competitors. Cora Borman The 15-year-old home-school
Tyler Wittwer homered twice and drove in seven runs to lead the Nisswa Lightning past the Randall Cubs 11-5 in Victory League baseball action on Sunday, June 28, at Nisswa Community Park. Wittwer, a Pequot Lakes graduate, finished 4-for-5 with an RBI single in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a grand slam in the fourth inning. "Tyler's homer in the third gave us a 5-2 lead," said Nisswa manager Aaron Jenkins, who believed the seven RBI was a career-high for Wittwer. "He then hit the grand slam on the first pitch from a reliever (Pete Herman) to make it 11-2.