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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Thirty nine points. That was the margin Erica Enders clung to in becoming the first female to win an NHRA Pro Stock World Championship last year. She needed a final round victory against Jason Line, who was the driver that finished 39 points behind her, to claim her first season title. Pro Stock's most accomplished female driver has not let titles get in the way of her continued search for more success, however. Enders and her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro team enter Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 21-23 for the Lucas Oil Nationals 51 points out of first place.
Jim Russell created and built the Central Lakes College men's and women's golf programs back in 2000. He is being asked to help bring the program back. For the past three seasons the Brainerd community college was sort of outsourcing the golf program to Chris Foley and Cragun's Legacy Courses. While Foley was ready to tackle the job again this fall, the CLC administration decided to bring the program back on campus and hired Russell, the current activities director and head men's basketball coach, to man the helm. "The biggest thing is my experience," said Russell.
For the first time in three years Pro Stock Motorcycle will be returning to Brainerd International Raceway for the 34th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 20-23 in Brainerd. When riders and fans arrive, they may notice a difference to the landscape, but they shouldn't notice a big difference to the race experience. BIR was hit hard by a July 12 supercell thunderstorm. BIR owner Jed Copham said the property lost about 1,500 trees, a set of bleachers along the drag strip and a roof over a building that was used for Sunday chapel service. The majority of the trees have been removed.
Claudia Pilot wasn't a fish out of water Tuesday. The Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame member admitted since moving to the Brainerd lakes area she hasn't played as much golf as she did when she lived in Austin, Minn.
Fairway woods got a whole new meaning after the July 12 supercell thunderstorm hit the Brainerd lakes area. Both Madden's Resort and Cragun's Resort in East Gull Lake saw substantial tree loss to their seven combined golf courses and Grand View Lodge Resort in Nisswa was also closed for a few days to remove falling or hanging trees. While Grand View has since reopened its courses, Cragun's Legacy Courses will wait until July 29 to open its three courses to the public.
Robert Bell was one step closer to playing in a Major. He's also one step closer to fulfilling a boyhood dream of reaching the PGA Tour. The 2008 Pierz High School graduate and Class 1A state boys golf champion qualified for PGA Tour Canada earlier this summer. After six events, Bell ranks 122nd after making two cuts. With six more tour events remaining, he expects things to start progressing.
Sara Rojas hopes formations and creativity are what Brainerd area girls soccer players picked up from Sunday night's World Cup finals in Canada. For the past 13 years Rojas has tried to instill the importance of each through her work with the Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association as well as the Brainerd High School program and parks and recreation. It's a passion that was instilled in her at an early age by her father.
It just is. Kenton Cargile's answer was short, but exact. It was emotional, but thought out. Those three words - "It just is" - was all he needed to say. For anyone that knows Cargile, and judging by his Facebook page many people know him, this year's 37th annual Brainerd Softball Tournament scheduled July 11-12 at Memorial Park in Brainerd means more than softball. Hence Cargile's answer "It just is."
Super stock driver Dave Read celebrated his birthday and claimed first place in the point's race from Seth Kramer with a thrilling 20-lap feature win Saturday at North Central Speedway. Rushing to beat the rain drops, the track staff started the races about a half hour early and were able to get the entire program in except for a few raindrops in the last feature of the evening. Dylan Nelson rushed out to the early lead in the Super Stock feature and was running in first place until Kramer brought out a caution flag.
The Preserve at Grand View Where: Preserve Blvd, Pequot Lakes What: 18-hole course designed by Mike Morley and Dan Helbling (1996) PGA professional: Nathan Erickson Superintendent: Chad Bohenstingl PEQUOT LAKES - Brainerd lakes area's best clubhouse view just got better along with the golf course it overlooks. Work on the near $1 million renovation of The Preserve at Grand View Lodge is nearly complete and the results should make the 18-hole championship course more playable for all abilities. Two key course changes were increasing the landing area of the 438-yard, par 4 fifth hole as