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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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.
LAKE SHORE — For the traditionalists, Sherwood Forest Tavern provides a casual culture shock. The restaurant’s motto “Our secluded get-away for quality food and a casual mood,” is a 180-degree shift from the former fine-dining option of Grand View Lodge.
EAST GULL LAKE — Kim Larson called the group “welcoming.” “Just bring a good smile and come out and have a good time.” Larson is referring to the only thing a first-timer will need when they sign up to play during women’s night at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. Tuesday nights are women’s nights and while a few brave men are spread out around the large golf complex in East Gull Lake, it’s clear the course belongs to the women. The only man wielding any power is assistant PGA professional Tim Johnson – the pied piper of women’s night.
The voice of a community was humbly silenced earlier this week. That’s when Roger Twigg was inducted into the Minnesota High School Cross Country Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Right before that award he was named the Class 1A state coach of the year. In a phone interview Friday, Twigg said while his name is on the plaque a whole community of athletes, parents and assistant coaches were inducted with him.
J.J. Kern is billing Saturday’s regular season final as one of the biggest in the Brainerd Lumberjack’s history. It will pit the 7-2 Brainerd Lumberjacks against the 8-1 Minnesota Sting 4 p.m. at Harvey Shew Field in Brainerd. A Lumberjacks’ victory would create a three-way tie for first place in the Midwest Premier Football League with the Sting and Twin Cities Titans. All three of those teams are already locked into the four-team postseason with the Granite City Renegades claiming the No. 4 seed. The uncertainty is which seed the other three teams will land.
The organized chaos will begin at 3 p.m. Friday. That’s when the 22-team, 15-under Minnesota Youth Athletic Services Gopher State baseball tournament will begin in the Brainerd area. Brainerd’s VFW freshman baseball team will compete along with teams from Minnetonka, Lake Elmo, Burnsville, Wayzata, Totino-Grace, Forest Lake, Shakopee, Shoreview, Apple Valley, St. Cloud, Anoka-Ramsey, Champlin, Mahtomedi, Woodbury, Eden Prairie and Bloomington.
It was either the oil fields of western North Dakota or the practice fields of Wadena-Deer Creek. Howie Kangas chose to do what he knows best and that’s coach football. On June 18, the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board hired Kangas as the Wolverines’ head football coach. Kangas coached football for 18 years at Perham where he finished with a 119-65 record. He guided the Yellowjackets to three state tournaments. His team played in the section championship in each of his final five seasons before he stepped down in 2009. He ended his career with 11 consecutive winning seasons.
With fame comes fortune. Or in the case of Iven’s on the Bay, one of the lakes area’s beacons of fine dining, the preconceived notion maybe it takes a fortune to eat at the famed restaurant. In some cases this is true. For instance an 8-ounce filet mignon, which is accompanied by rosemary Yukon potatoes, grilled asparagus and a garlic demi glaze will cost you $37. That’s the most expensive item on the menu.
Kristine Reese and Tiffany Yager were athletes first. Then they got sucked into golf and their worlds changed. It’s because of their involvement in other sports that both women are working with Vision 54, a golf instructional program created by coaches Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson. Vision 54 has worked with Grace Park, Annika Sorenstam and other top tour professionals. Yager and Reese will bring their insights to Deacon’s Lodge for a four-day golf school that will take what golf students have learned on the driving range to the golf course.
It’s time for the Brainerd lakes area to step up to the plate. The awful pun was intended because the cause is awfully admirable. What is the local population playing for? “An adaptive baseball field so it’s built out of crushed rubber over asphalt so kids in wheelchairs and walkers can play on that field,” said Kevin Thoresen of the Miracle League of Minnesota. “The Miracle League is a league that works to give every child an opportunity to play baseball. That’s our focus.”