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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It’s only July and Vanessa Lane can’t wait for March. If her Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team isn’t in the state tournament then she’ll be getting ready for the indoor track and field season. Running track is a passion for the Pequot athlete who will be a junior this fall. But she’s even more motivated now after returning from a week-long trip to Australia to compete in the Down Under International Games Tri-Nations meet at Griffith University on the Gold Coast campus.
The Brainerd Lumberjacks are holding on to the No. 3 seed for the Midwest Premier Football League playoffs. They’d like it to be the No. 2 seed and at home for the first round of the playoffs. For that to happen, Brainerd will first half to take care of business against the Northern Terror 3 p.m. Saturday at Chisago Lakes High School. If that should happen and Brainerd can pull off an upset of current No. 1 seeded Minnesota Sting in the final regular season game (July 21), Brainerd could move up in the standings and host a first-round playoff game.
What started with 11 guys is blossoming into something classic. Or as founder and organizer Don Hendrickson calls it a Ranger Classic. This low net, 18-hole golf tournament is open to all former Crosby-Ironton High School graduates 50 years and older. Game time is Noon July 27 at Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood. The cost is $15 to enter the tournament, plus the green fee. The entry fee covers prizes for the proximities and individual low net scores. There is also a skins game. This is the fifth year of the tournament that started almost by accident.
Twenty Four teams will battle for a chance to earn a spot in the American Softball Association Nationals Saturday and Sunday. The battlefield will be Memorial Park in Brainerd site of the 33rd Brainerd Men’s Invitational. It’s the first time the invite has been a national qualifier for ASA, which according to tournament organizer Eryk Haapajoki is the biggest governing body of softball in the United States.
The Brainerd Aces of the 12-under variety and the Greater Minnesota String Symphony advanced through Tuesday’s United States Tennis Association’s Junior team area tournament Tuesday at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. The String Symphony, which is made up of Claire and Connor Gunsbury, Payge and Ashley Fitterer, Brooke Mimmack and Rudy and Joe Lipovetz won the 14-under division with a team score of 192 to advance to the USTA Junior Team Tennis Sectionals at the University of Minnesota July 24-25.
There’s an eatery even Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could agree upon in northeast Brainerd. While the Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine Lounge may suffer from multiple personality disorder, with its bright, sunny lunch theme mixed with a dark, devilish nighttime persona, one constant is the food.
It was time to start over. At least that’s what Jared Feierabend thought. The 1995 Brainerd High School graduate didn’t like the direction the image of mixed martial arts was going in the lakes area so he wanted to do something positive to change it. Enter M-IQ Martial Arts, a new training facility on Washington Street across from Northwest Pizza and Boardwalk Bread and Bagel. With the closing of Brock Larson’s Warrior Alliance, and the recent bad publicity of another MMA group, Feierabend wanted to set a new standard.
EAST GULL LAKE — There are two names in Brainerd High School athletics that come up quite often. The first is a rising star. The second is a coaching icon. Both were talked about Thursday during the 12th Annual University of Minnesota Gopher fundraiser at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. The first was Nikki Anderson. The recent graduate will attend the U of M and play softball for the Gophers. Look for her to have an imitate impact on the roster as she’ll be the only lefty pitcher for the Gophers.
EAST GULL LAKE — Thursday night was equal parts thank you and welcome. The 12th annual University of Minnesota Golf event and fundraiser hosted by Dutch Cragun at Cragun’s Legacy Courses gave loyal Gophers fans a chance to thank former athletic director Joel Maturi as well as welcome his successor Norwood Teague.
LAKE SHORE — The next time someone tells you to get lost — do it. A good place to lose oneself is at the restaurant at Lost Lake Lodge in Lake Shore. The all-inclusive family resort has many amenities and is positioned well on the Gull Lake narrows, but the prize of this establishment might be what’s coming out of the kitchen. Just how hungry are you? There is an option for you at Lost Lake, which offers a three-course meal for $39 up to a six-course meal for $58.