Nisswa resident Gisela Borgwarth, 83, began swimming in Germany's portion of the North Sea at the age of 10. As a young girl growing up in Germany, she was a member of a group of girls who liked to keep swimming after the swimming pools were closed for the season. She called the group daredevils as they would push the limits of their endurance by swimming in the River Elbe and the North Sea.
When her husband Dennis died by suicide in 2014, Jeri Borgwarth felt an emptiness in her life that she tried very hard to fill.
The Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area is a series of two small and one large island known locally as "Big Island." These islands are located within Upper Whitefish Lake, are open to the public and are managed by the Minnesota DNR and Crow Wing County under a joint powers board comprised of seven members. The islands include Big Island, Little Island and Steamboat Island, and each has campsites open to the public. But the islands are much more than a camping area.
Kicking off Brainerd High School Homecoming week, newly crowned queen Abby Pelowski and king Brett Hague smile to the parents and students Monday, Oct. 1, after coronation in the high school gymnasium. Visit https://bit.ly/2ReapYF for more photos. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video
Twilight drifting was a special event Saturday, Sept. 15, during the Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds 2.0 weekend at Brainerd International Raceway. The MAP Proving Grounds event features drag racing, drifting, autocross competitions, burnout contests, open-lapping on a road course and a car show. Twilight drifting featured turbocharged cars and trucks in a drifting exhibition for race fans.
Arranging the books Monday, Aug. 27, in the reading nook in her classroom, Lowell Elementary School first-grade teacher Christa Miller prepares for the first day of school Sept. 4. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
As the steady beat of lawn sprinklers filled the air Saturday morning around St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley, Peter Achermann's family and friends filled the church parking lot and shared memories of the rural Leader man who has been missing for nine years. More stories were shared inside the church, where Achermann's funeral took place.
Motorists on County Highway 77 near Madden's on Gull Lake last week noticed a group of 40 amphibian airplanes based out of (and built in) Lakeland, Fla., at the East Gull Lake Airport. Ninety participants flew in from as far away as Canada, California and North Carolina, along with 14 other states, for the Lake Amphibian Club's first "off-site" annual meeting at Madden's in 40 years.
Kirk Larson (left) watches as Lance Ray uses a backhoe Tuesday, July 10, to lift the first kettle of beans into place with help by Steve LaBarre and Tim Hidde. The kettles are placed underground on hot coals for the night to cook. This year is the 80th anniversary of Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes. Wednesday, July 11, the five kettles will be opened and the community will be served the renowned meal. What began as an appreciation for area farmers 80 years ago has grown into a large community event.
The Loyal Order Elbows float, sponsored by Shep's On 6th, rolls through downtown Saturday for the Brainerd St. Patrick's Day Parade. Green was the color of the day for the celebration. Denise Rathman, owner of O' Neary's Irish Pub holds her dog Zoey while handing out beads Saturday to her staff before the Brainerd St. Patrick's Day Parade. Her staff and friends threw green beads to the parade goers. With eyes matching the color of the day, Heather Bagley displays the lucky shamrocks Saturday that decorate her face at the Brainerd St. Patrick's Day parade.