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.
- Member for
- 3 years 10 months
PEQUOT LAKES — Kim Roden talks about Whitefish Golf Club like others brag about their children or pets. She describes the 18-hole championship course located north of Pequot Lakes in Ideal Township with an energetic passion. Her words praise the property's assets, while leaving room for a bright future.
A foot wedge has a whole new meaning at Cragun's Legacy Courses these days. Footgolf arrived in the Brainerd lakes area June 22 and while it hasn't taken over the Par 3 Course at the East Gull Lake resort, it's been a seamless incorporation on Cragun's reversible nine-hole course. When talking about footgolf, consider the mechanics of soccer, kicking a ball with precision and skill, combined with the concepts, rules and beautiful backdrop of golf. Players tee off from the tee box just as they would with golf, only the target is a 22-inch cup, about the size of a manhole cover.
Jasmine Winkelman has taken her ambassadorship to a whole new level. This spring's MS (multiple sclerosis) Walk ambassador hasn't taken her duties as a spokesperson for the charity sitting down. In fact, sitting down is the last thing this mother of two wants to do. "It was life changing," Winkelman said about when she was first diagnosed in 2010. "It changes the way you have to live your life. As much as you don't want it to, it does. That's OK. I let it change me for the better. It lets me appreciate life more. I value every second with my boys.
BAXTER - An 8-3 girls double victory coupled with Brooke Mimmack's 8-0 blowout in girls singles propelled the Brainerd Aces into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Team Tennis Sectional. The Aces downed the Hibbing Rangers 31-27 during Tuesday's championship match in the 18 and under Intermediate tournament held at Forestview Middle School. The doubles team of Ashley Fitterer and Claire Gunsbury opened the finals with their 8-3 victory then watched Mimmack dismantle her singles opponent. Jordan Kleist, playing boys singles, fell 8-5, the boys doubles team of Travis Goeden-Ga
EAST GULL LAKE - Thomas Stoxen hit a knock-down wedge 130 yards to within five feet of the No. 17 pin Monday. Then his birdie putt circumnavigated the hole only to find its proper resting place in the bottom of the cup during the Minnesota Junior PGA Players' Tour event at The Classic at Madden's. The birdie 2 was Stoxen's summer in a nutshell. The recent Brainerd High School graduate is hitting the ball well, but once on the greens the adventure begins. On Monday it resulted in a 77, which put him four strokes behind event winner Matt Lutz of Maple Grove.
Say the name Pine Meadows to Brainerd lakes area golfers and watch their face contort. Mention the 18-hole golf course to former members and heads drop and shake back-and-forth in disgust as they envision the empty hayfield that used to be the only course in the city limits along the Paul Bunyan Trail. Whisper Pine Meadows to golfers from surrounding areas and fear that their community golf course could follow the same horrible fate hits home.
Terry Thompson is his own worst critic. The members of the renamed Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course in Deerwood are grateful for it. Thompson along with his wife Linda and brother and sister-in-law Tom and Kathy Thompson purchased the former Cuyuna Country Club Dec. 27 after the former membership-owned course struggled financially. The timing was perfect for Terry Thompson, who recently retired as Aitkin's chief of police.
Bob Stenerson Who: Executive Chef Where: Lost Lake Lodge Education: Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis For a family resort looking for a family oriented chef, the marriage of Lost Lake Lodge and executive chef Bob Stenerson might just be perfect. Stenerson is true to his family's Norwegian heritage. He understands the importance of family meals and he knows first hand how important family time together is. Stenerson hails from Moorhead, where his family runs the Stenerson Bros. Lumber company.
Dave Sadlowsky Who: PGA club professional at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge Family: Wife Jill and two children Prior: Thumper Pond Golf Course, Ottertail DEERWOOD -- Dave Sadlowsky sought stability. He longed for longevity. Sadlowsky wanted a home for his family. What better place to find it than a 116-year-old family resort. After years of career changes and different facilities, the PGA club professional hopes to call Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood his home course for many years.
Norwood Teague is impatiently happy. Jerry Kill sees things headed in the right direction. John Carlson would like the men's golf season to start tomorrow. But all three enjoyed yet another night to describe the things happening in the University of Minnesota athletic department at the 14th annual U of M fundraiser at Cragun's Legacy Courses. The event hosted by Dutch and Erma Cragun, brought in a larger than usual crowd to hear Teague, the department's activities director, describe why Minnesotans should be proud of its Division I college. "I see day-to-day how our coaches operate," said