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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Rick Hjelm owes a lot of people a lot of thanks and he's not shy about saying it. Hjelm, a 1979 Brainerd High School graduate, will be inducted into the Gustavus Adolphus Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 22 along with eight other former student-athletes.
Emily Mehr has only been in Fargo for a week and a half, but she quickly noticed it's a green and yellow town. The Aitkin High School and University of Minnesota Morris graduate was hired July 11 as the director of basketball operations for the North Dakota State University women's basketball program. She said the position entails everything she's passionate about. The fact the community is strongly tied to the athletic department is an added bonus.
EAST GULL LAKE - Tim Johnson is not a new face to the Brainerd lakes area golf scene. His is a face, however, young professionals in any field can look to for proof that hard work is rewarded. Johnson struggled for 10 years trying to carve out a niche for himself. He honed his craft as an assistant club professional at Cragun's Legacy Courses for seven years and three more at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
NISSWA—In a field of younger, longer hitters carrying only his "B" swing, Bill Israelson managed his way to a two-day 145 to finish in a three-way tie for first place at the Grand View Challenge Monday. The head PGA golf professional at The Vintage at Staples shot an opening 72 Sunday at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge. He followed with a 73 Monday at The Pines to tie with Scott McDonald, of the Minnewaska Golf Club, and Ben Meyers of Medina Golf and Country Club.
It wasn't a matter of if, but when. And the timing is perfect for Jared Anderson to become the next head coach of the Hopkins swimming and diving program. Anderson is competing in what he believes will be his last Olympic Trials this week and next in Omaha. After the trials he's moving his efforts to coaching. It's a bittersweet move, but one he's excited about. "It's tough," Anderson said. "I've known for awhile that no matter what happens, I'm going to need a break from the competing and training after this summer. I don't know how long the break will be. I can't imagine not swimming again, but I'll be out for awhile and when I do come back it will be different, whether it's masters or I find more of a sprint-based training or something that requires a little less time.
Sarah Dens has known what she's wanted to do since junior high. Math teacher. Check. Swimming coach. Check. Head high school swimming and diving coach. Check.
When Christian Laettner returns to Pillager in 2019, which is the proposed plan as of Wednesday, Reece Halverson will likely be in attendance. The 8-year-old son of Chris and Angie Halverson of Baxter said he had a lot of fun and learned passing, dribbling and drills. He also learned who Christian Laettner was. "No, I didn't know who he was," Halverson said. "My dad said he was a good passer."
Irma's Kitchen Where: Cragun's Resort, East Gull Lake Concept: Fine-dining with local ingredients Opened: June 16 Includes: Lunch menu begins Friday Welcome to the party Cragun's. The family owned resort in East Gull Lake, known for its two 18-hole championship golf courses and great views of Gull Lake, joined the Brainerd lakes area's fine-dining scene June 16.
One of the first orders of business for new Crosby-Ironton activities director Jared Matson will be finding a new head girls basketball coach. Monday Randy Swanhorst resigned from his position after 17 seasons. Swanhorst, whose team finished the 2015-16 season with a 14-13 overall record, said he was told the school district wanted to go in a different direction, but instead he decided to resign.
EAST GULL LAKE—Mark Coyle is tired, but with every road trip the new University of Minnesota athletic director reenergizes. Coyle was refueling Tuesday during his visit at Cragun's Resort as part of the 16th annual U of M Golf Event to raise money for the Gopher Athletic Scholarship fund.