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Frank Lee

Staff Writer

I cover arts and entertainment, and write feature stories, for the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper. As a professional journalist with years of experience, I have won awards for my fact-based reporting. And my articles have also appeared in other publications, including USA Today. 📰

Voted most likely in high school ... "not to be voted most likely for anything," I'm noted by my editors for "for bringing humor and a strong work ethic and a passion for the profession to our team" of award-winning reporters. 🏆

Writing local articles about interesting people in the Brainerd lakes area in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (and watching and discussing movies on my movie-related Twitter account at @bdfilmforum) are among my interests. 📽️

To contact me with story suggestions, questions or compliments, call me during business hours at (218) 855-5863, email me at, or message me via Twitter at @DispatchFL. (Include your contact information, such as name and how to reach you.) ☎

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Local historian Ray Nelson shares his research of Minnesota's oldest rifle artifact to date and its journey from Europe to fur trade-era Minnesota. He is a member of the Friends of Old Crow Wing and its former president, and a founder of the Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders Club.
This year marks the 95th anniversary of Lindbergh's solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to Paris in 1927. The famed aviator dubbed “Lucky Lindy” grew up on a Little Falls farm before becoming a worldwide celebrity.
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast, an annual discussion with Brainerd lakes area legislators focused on business, jobs and the economy, took place Friday, March 25, at Madden's Resort.
The incident occurred under the Cass County Highway 77 (Interlachen Road) bridge at about 4:20 p.m. when temperatures were forecast in the high 20s or low 30s in the region.
Backus cat owner Andrea Lambrecht, an environmental biologist and former Brainerd Dispatch columnist, co-hosted a two-day build in Brainerd with volunteers Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday to make outdoor shelters for feral or semi-feral cats to stay warm during winter.
Outing seamstress stitches together a client base that keeps her home-based business in Cass County from coming apart during the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting a new business isn't easy. The Initiative Foundation of Little Falls hopes to make things just a little bit easier for entrepreneurs with its Enterprise Academy, a 12-week educational course.
Medical exams such as mammograms, colonoscopies and pap smears were put off by some people during the coronavirus pandemic because of their concerns related to the in-person services. But with COVID-19 vaccines and masking more common now, local health care providers want people to resume the potentially life-saving visits to the doctor.
National FFA Organization and Crow Wing County 4-H’ers competed Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, during the sheep and swine show at the 148th Crow Wing County Fair in Brainerd.
Artists Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck create a wall-sized mural near Big Axe Brewing Co. and StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery. French's brother Chris owns the brewery and her parents own the coffee shop in Nisswa.