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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Abby Palmer got things jumping in a hurry. The Pequot Lakes senior’s jump serve ignited the Patriots to a 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 sweep of the Brainerd Warriors Tuesday night at Brainerd High School. Palmer and the Patriots picked up 12 ace serves on the Warriors, who struggled with serve receive all night. “Errors, errors and more errors,” said Brainerd head coach Jared Diem. “Pequot Lakes is a good team. They have Abby Palmer. I think she is just a hidden gem in this area. She does a lot of things well and her jump serve is strong and she hits the line well.
What a twist of events The Farm on St. Mathias has become. Bob and Arlene Jones of Nisswa weren’t looking to get into the farm business. But when 80 acres of land south of Brainerd landed in their laps seven years ago they transformed a dilapidated barn and an older tin shed into a piece of property where they could grow, educate and get serious about “seriously local food.”
In Pat Ebnet’s mind, “He’s just the farmer.” In the minds of the Minnesota chefs he supplies, Ebnet is “The duck guy.” Ebnet is the owner, operator, driver and anything-else guy at Wild Acres Farm Fresh Poultry products in Ideal Corners. The second generation farmer has carved out a reputation for excellence in the restaurant business. “Of those products he supplies, his is the best you can get. It’s just that simple,” said Tim Anderson, executive chef at Iven’s on the Bay in Brainerd.
In 13 minutes, Malcolm Clark sliced through about 20 chicken breasts while answering a bombardment of questions inside his kitchen trailer. No fingers were cut during the process giving the perception Clark has done this before. And if he hasn’t done exactly that before, he’s battled stressful situations as the executive chef of the Don Schumacher Racing team, which is in town this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals.
Antron Brown owns the most Pro Stock Motorcycle victories at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) with four wins. A win last season in the Top Fuel division has him five wins away from tying the win record for that division. But for Brown, BIR isn’t only about winning, which he’s done a lot of recently. It’s about reconnecting with the joy that brought him to the sport in the first place.
Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) has not been kind to Robert Hight. The driver of the Auto Club Ford Mustang heads into this weekend’s Lucas Oil Nationals at BIR with a 31-point lead over Ron Capps in the Funny Car division. However, Capps is closing and BIR, even with its laid-back atmosphere, has not been fun for Hight. “I can’t put my finger on why, though,” said Hight. “The race track is awesome. I heard they even did some improvement to the concrete. We’re excited because we’re going to go to a fast race track.
EAST GULL LAKE — I have this idyllic itch to start every story concerning Madden’s Resort with the phrase “once upon a time.” It starts with the drive onto the East Gull Lake resort property. It’s as though you’re entering an older, slower-paced time. The green golf courses on both sides of the road, then the lake and then the grand buildings take you on a 15 mph flashback.
A battle between Ed Krawiec’s winning momentum and his past failures is scheduled this weekend. The most consistent Pro Stock Motorcycle rider enters the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway with a 68-point lead over teammate Andrew Hines in the season points standings. While Krawiec has had great success everywhere else — five wins in eight events this year alone — he has not found any luck at BIR.
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.