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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Greg Anderson felt badly for about two minutes. That’s all the pity he felt for his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro racing partner, Jason Line, after last season’s victory at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). Appearing in victory lane at BIR is nothing new for Anderson, but for Line it’s the one goal that has eluded him. “Quite honestly, I felt bad for him last year,” said Anderson. “Don’t get me wrong, when we race we want to beat each other bad. Especially when we’re in Brainerd we want to win at BIR bad and it means the world to both of us.
No man has won more Funny Car titles at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) than John Force. His daughter, Courtney Force, wouldn’t mind being the winningest woman at the track that will host this week’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The 24-year-old rookie driver of the Traxxas Ford Mustang will enter her first event at BIR on a winning note. She captured the O’Reilly’ Auto Parts Northwest Nationals Aug. 5 in Seattle for her first career win.
The second may have been more important than the first. At least in the case of Erica Enders, who became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock event July 1 in Joliet, Ill. The driver of the GK Motorsports Chevy Cobalt followed up that historic victory with career win No. 2 Aug. 5 in Seattle. That victory not only validated Enders’ place in Pro Stock, but secured her spot in The Countdown To The Championship.
Tim Johnson couldn’t contain his smile Wednesday. The assistant PGA professional at Cragun’s Legacy Courses had reason to smile as he talked about a remarkable four-day golfing spree that began and ended with a hole-in-one. Johnson’s third career ace happened Aug. 4 on the 168-yard 15th hole of the Dutch Legacy at Cragun’s. Johnson was playing with fellow PGA professionals Jesse Nelson, Jack Wawro and Mike Snow and former NHL player and accomplished golfer Shawn Chambers when he took a swing with his 8-iron and then watched in amazement.
On the long stretch of County Highway 3 after Merrifield and before Crosslake, there is one building that sticks out for a couple of reasons. The first reason one might notice McCabe’s Pub in Mission Township is because there are so few buildings around it. The bar and grill is positioned in an area surrounded by lakes, cabins, small resorts, large lake homes, a handful of small businesses and little else.
The word “expert” in the realm of fantasy football means little. That’s why Dr. Richard Siebert takes the title with a laugh. But what Siebert has done to gain credibility is put together a 48-page book that breaks down the world of fantasy football in a concise, organized manner. The book, “Dr. Dick’s 2012 Fantasy Football Picks,” explains the different types of leagues, draft strategies and team management skills he believes will make most people successful in their specific leagues.
For the third time in the team’s four-year history, the Brainerd Lumberjacks will play for a title. The team is hoping for a repeat of history when it tackles the top-seeded Minnesota Sting 7 p.m. Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul for the Midwest Premier League’s championship.
Like its athletes, the Brainerd Warriors activities department is working to become faster and more efficient. Unlike the Warrior athletes, many of whom have been working to improve their athletic ability, Brainerd actives director Charlie Campbell and his staff worked on becoming technologically savvy. The first evidence of this is the new online registration program the department kicked off for the upcoming fall season and will continue to use for all three sports seasons and the fine arts seasons.
It would be hard — almost impossible — to argue against Katie White’s passion for softball. One would only need to look to see what she did last week to prove her love of the game. As a member of the Hollywood team — an elite prep softball team based out of Annandale, Minn., not California — White played in seven games in the USSSA 18-and-under Nationals July 25-28 in Rockford, Ill. “It was probably the best experience of my life,” said White on her way home from passing her driver’s license test. (Her mother was driving).
Chocolate milk and a lot of conversation not related to golf were the keys. Plus, a golf game that’s found consistency helped Maggie Heggerston shoot the round of her life Sunday.