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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EAST GULL LAKE—Henry Neva did it for his team. Brady Raph did it to right the ship. Neva and Raph each shot 1-over 73s for co-medalist honors Monday, May 20, in the Mid-Minn Conference finale at Cragun's Legacy Courses. Neva had no chance of making the all-conference team because he didn't have enough rounds played to qualify. That didn't deter the Pequot Lakes junior from dominating the back nine of the Dutch Legacy to lead the Patriots to Monday's team title as well as its third-straight conference championship.
Brainerd lakes area golf courses are doing all they can to provide opportunities to get your children away from screens. Between offering free golf, free lessons, playing partners and more, it can not be said the lakes area doesn't want to help parents provide and outlet from their electronic devices. Aitkin Community Education in partnership with Cuyuna Rolling Hills and Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge is hoping to match new junior golfers with older, more experienced players. It's part of the Age to Age Grant received from the Northland Foundation.
When it comes to spring, his voice is as synonymous as the first sighting of a robin. Dick Bremer has been calling Minnesota Twins baseball games since 1983 and while he does a lot of talking, it's rarely about him. So here's a little insight into the Staples High School graduate and former Cardinal baseball player that should get you even more excited for a great Twins season. Q: Another opening day has come and gone. What are those days like? Are they still as exciting after all of these years?
For 23 years, Chris Foley has made golf's version of a pilgrimage to Augusta National for The Masters. The PGA golf professional, located at Cragun's Legacy Courses, spends a good amount of time interacting with the professionals he knows, but more so with his fellow golf teachers. Foley and his wife, Amy, have passed on the golf passion to their sons Michael, who is now a golf professional himself, and Joe, who is playing golf at Gustavus, and to their daughter Kaite, a freshman playing on the Warriors girls golf team.
Rick Aulie might be the poster child for multi-sport athletes. The Pine River-Backus Elementary School principal is preparing to run the Boston Marathon next week after breaking a world record for the fastest golf hole completed. The multi-talented husband and father of four takes a break from his training and music career to talk about the marathon, boxing, golf, basketball and anything else he wants to do. ***Q: The Boston Marathon is fast approaching April 15. What are your expectations for that event?
All-Area Top 20 Points Name, School Total
With an electrifying style of play, the Brainerd Warriors entertained crowds and earned a 15-win season helping them land three players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes Pierz and Pine River-Backus all secured two spots on the all-area team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Department. Joey Sauer, Brainerd Senior, forward
An order of pepperoni with extra cheese from Domino's Pizza created a memory of a lifetime for four Crosby residents. Following The Golden State Warriors' 117-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday, March 19, at Target Center, Tom Mount, his cousin Mike VanHorn, and their sons, Jordan Mount and Hunter VanHorn, returned to their Minneapolis hotel room for dinner and sleep. But what happened next can only best be described by Tom Mount, a Crosby police officer.
With a 25-5 record, a spot in the Section 5-1A Semifinals and a Northwoods Conference title, the Pine River-Backus Tigers enjoyed a successful season. Because of that the Tigers landed third players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Pequot Lakes senior Olivia Lane is this year's Dispatch Player of the Year and two of her opponents, the Aitkin Gobblers and Crosby-Ironton Rangers, each landed two players on this year's squad. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Department
Olivia Lane is the first girls basketball player to repeat as Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year since Emily Lueck was a back-to-back winner 2010 and 2011. It's fitting since Lane broke all of Lueck's scoring records at Pequot Lakes and every other scoring record the program has. Lane became the school's all-time scoring leader in a 70-37 victory over Mora Feb. 2. Lane broke Lueck's record of 2,174 career points. Needing six points, Lane tallied 30. She finished her career with 2,434 points.