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Open forum: Put dance on the sports page

There are many young women, members of the Warrior Dance Team, in this area who deserve to have their hard work and accomplishments recognized by The Brainerd Dispatch in the sports section. I would challenge Mr. Bogenschutz, Mr. Miller, Mr. O’Rourke, and Mr. Bialka to attend the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Section tournaments coming up in February to educate themselves on the sport. Brainerd will compete in the 3A Section tournament at Elk River High School on Feb. 5 while Aitkin is hosting their 1A Section tournament on Feb. 12. These are competitions no different than other sports, gymnastics and diving are two, where a judge’s score will determine the outcome with only the top three teams earning a trip to the State tournament.  

It is time for the Brainerd Dispatch to end its archaic practices. Other newspapers in the state understand the circumstances and ideas of the present times, as defined by the MSHSL, by recognizing these young women as the true athletes they are and representing them to the local communities in the sports section.

I am the proud parent of a past and present Warrior Dance Team member and have yet to understand the discrimination these women athletes receive by the Brainerd Dispatch and its editors.  

Mike Marlatt

Rural Brainerd